Phoenix Technologies is introducing a mini operating system called HyperSpace that can boot up in seconds in place of the snail-like boot times of Windows. The advantages are many. It can run email managers, web browsers and other apps, while lengthening battery life on laptops by 50%.
It may not run the exact same windows apps, however. And it may be Linux based.
Lenovos, Dells and Acers of the world can start tailoring computers with HyperSpace functionality to very specific demographics. A student-aimed laptop, for instance, could come with apps like word processing, e-mail and IM preloaded into HyperSpace.
A fast starting OS would be very appealing in the marketplace, where more and more people are relying on cell phones and PDAs to quickly access information, in part because waiting to boot up a computer has become far too slow.