Company promises PCs that will let users jump from one OS to another to play movies by 2nd half 2008

“Tired of Windows? The next generation of laptops may let you jump from one operating system to another to play movies, surf the Web or read e-mail,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press.

MacDailyNews Take: The next generation? So, soon? Wow, this is amazing! And, really, who’s tired of Windows?

Svensson continues, “Phoenix Technologies Ltd., a leading maker of the software that controls Windows computers most basic workings, announced this week that it will offer a feature it calls HyperSpace to laptop manufacturers. Woody Hobbs, the Milpitas, Calif.-based company’s chief executive, said the first application of the technology probably will show up next summer in the shape of laptops that can play DVDs outside Windows.”

MacDailyNews Take: Play DVDs on a laptop without Windows? Come on, that can’t be possible, can it?

Svensson continues, “”The HyperSpace environment would be based on Linux, giving the freely distributed operating system what could be its biggest break yet in the struggle to gain traction against Windows on PCs. User will be able to boot in a few seconds straight into the DVD player, skipping the longer Windows startup, or switch to the DVD player from Windows. If Windows is running at the same time, it can be put in sleep mode, prolonging battery life,” Svensson reports. “Computer management functions like antivirus scanning could also be performed outside Windows, improving security, Hobbs said.”

Full article here.

Bryan Gardiner reports for Wired, “There’s absolutely no reason you should be waiting the three-plus minutes it takes your computer to boot up Windows, says Woody Hobbs.”

MacDailyNews Take: Three-plus minutes to boot up your computer?

Gardiner continues, “‘As Windows gets more and more complex, we’ve seen startup times get longer and longer,’ says Hobbs. ‘If I go to the airport and try to connect to a Wi-Fi network, I’m waiting for five minutes just to connect. That’s ridiculous — people usually just give up and use their cell phones or PDAs.'”

MacDailyNews Take: They do? And here we’ve been just opening our notebook’s lid and connecting in about 10 seconds for years. What are we doing wrong?

Gardiner continues, “In essence, HyperSpace is a simple operating environment, a layer on top of the BIOS, that runs side-by-side with Windows and can efficiently implement some of the most commonly used apps on a PC.”

MacDailyNews Take: Multiple OSes on a single laptop? What’ll they think of next?!

Gardiner continues, “Chipmakers and PC manufacturers have been trying to liberate themselves from lengthy startup times for a while, according to Hobbs, but the experience has been ‘controlled up in Seattle.’ Indeed, Hobbs says Microsoft regards HyperSpace as ‘outside their sphere of influence,’ and is not too happy with Phoenix’s offering, which adds yet another voice to the already loud chorus of voices complaining about operating-system bloat.”

MacDailyNews Take: Again, we must be doing something wrong. We’re just not having any of these lengthy startup times.

Gardiner continues, “Steve Grobman, director of Intel’s Business Client Architecture Group, says Intel will continue working with Phoenix and companies doing similar things in virtual or embedded environments, like VMware and Parallels.”

MacDailyNews Take: VMware and Parallels… VMware and Parallels… VMware and Parallels… Sounds oddly familiar… Oh, well, we’ll have to Google them later.

Gardiner continues, “Those problems don’t just entail slow boot times. At a basic level, they also have to do with Microsoft dictating user experience as a whole, regardless of what machine you’re using. In that vein, Phoenix says its HyperSpace platform could very well usher in a new era of ultrapersonalized PCs and laptops.”

MacDailyNews Take: Ultrapersonalized PCs and laptops whose user experiences aren’t dictated by Microsoft? Okay, this is devolving into crazy talk now.

Gardiner continues, “‘Historically, Windows has defined the machine,’ Hobbs says, ‘and (manufacturers) can’t really do anything about that. Now, we’re giving them the ability to develop the machine in the way they want.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Imagine giving a manufacturer the ability to develop a personal computer however they want! Like we said: crazy talk. However, HP and Dell and some others have developed some, uh, “interesting” case designs on their own, seemingly without even needing input from professional industrial designers, so maybe we’d get some equally interesting new user experiences with their software.

Gardiner continues, “Like VMware and Parallels, Hobbs says the platform isn’t supposed to be a replacement for Windows, but rather a much-needed augmentation. Not only will the technology provide ‘instant-on’ use, but it will also boost battery life by up to 50 percent as well as offer remote manageability.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Instant-on” use: sounds like that weird thing we do with just opening the lid. Something must be wrong. Maybe we should get some of that antivirus scanning stuff, too? We’d better get the Geek Squad on the horn.

Gardiner continues, “Phoenix is currently in talks with most major PC manufacturers, with the notable exception of Apple.”

MacDailyNews Take: Ha! Apple. Of course, Phoenix doesn’t want to talk to them.

Gardiner continues, “The company expects that manufacturers will start to integrate the HyperSpace platform into laptops within the next six to nine months, with consumers likely seeing a HyperSpace option from manufacturers in the second half of 2008.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Second half of 2008 and we could instantly play DVDs without Microsoft Windows! This “HyperSpace” thing is like the first step towards OS-unlimited computers! We can hardly wait!!!


  1. The stupid thing is, Windoze people will see this and be amazed and excited and we’re all sitting here with our Macs that have been doing some of these things for years and wondering when the world is gonna wake up.

    funny takes MDN

  2. Wow. I’m amazed, really! This feller is clearly a clairvoyant seer of the future.

    BTW. I’m sending this from the future on my Apple computer via multiple OSes. Yes that’s right, on an Apple! They are really big now.

  3. Beautiful dissection, MDN! You could be a surgeon, or at least a good debater.

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    Now, we just need an email address for these authors (not easily found in the article). AND, there are only one or two Mac comments in there. Read the other comments and realize that you are looking directly into the eyes of the delusional. Some education is in order.

  4. Good one! I was actually thinking about the same thing but for me the problem is reappearing on top of those damned aliens. It’s hard enough trying to pick up those refugee dudes from the ground without suddenly materializing on top of green heads and saucer dudes.

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