Phoenix Technologies Ltd. is introducing HyperSpace, a new instant-on and always-connected computing environment that promises to make operating a mobile PC as efficient, fun and easy, as operating a cell phone.
HyperSpace simplifies and improves the mobile experience by allowing users to instantly launch web-based applications - before Windows even boots.
The software directly addresses the top frustrations of today’s mobile computer users. Phoenix says in a recent survey 1,300 mobile PC consumers listed their greatest frustrations a running out of power too quickly, finding a reliable wireless connection and, waiting too long to boot up and shut down of systems.
“Stop waiting for Windows to boot or worrying about finding the best wireless connection. Instant-on computing with HyperSpace transforms the mobile experience by providing cell phone-like connectivity, ease-of-use and efficiency for key applications,” said Woody Hobbs, president and CEO of Phoenix Technologies. “In less than a few seconds, you’re up and running – browsing the Internet, emailing, instant messaging, and using other important applications. By utilizing the power of virtualization technology, HyperSpace can run side-by-side with Windows Vista® on certain systems, making your computer far more power efficient, secure and frustration-free.”
HyperSpace is optimized for web applications like Google Apps and will include shortcuts to those applications so that consumers can easily access their favorite Google sites. Phoenix Technologies is also working with Yahoo's Zimbra division to add Zimbra Desktop email functionality to HyperSpace.
“Laptop and Netbook users typically surf the Web 90% of the time: instant access to the Internet, current information and online applications makes their time online more fun and productive. For over a decade many companies have tried to make virtualization ready for mainstream consumption. Phoenix Technologies has succeeded, and the consumer is the ultimate beneficiary,” added consumer PC guru, Tim Bajarin, of Creative Strategies.
The HyperSpace instant-on/instant-off experience for the consumer is available for download in two versions.
HyperSpace Hybrid costs US$59.95 (annual license) or US$149.95 for three years, includes updates and free Website support. It uses virtual technology found in Intel microprocessors and allows users to toggle back and forth between the two operating system environments (Windows and HyperSpace), reducing battery consumption by more than 25% when in HyperSpace.
HyperSpace Dual costs US$39.95 (annual license) or US$99.95 for three years, and includes updates and free Website support. It is designed for both Windows Vista and Windows XP systems that do not have virtualization enabled at the chipset level by Intel. It delivers the same instant-on/instant-off experience with battery savings, however users can be in HyperSpace only when Windows is shut down or in Windows when HyperSpace is shut down.
Phoenix plans to have HyperSpace embedded as a customized option on next-generation notebooks and netbooks introduced by leading PC OEM and ODM partners. Phoenix has also launched a version of HyperSpace for the quickly exploding netbook market. HyperSpace Netbook, on display at CES, is a low-cost, efficient and tiny-footprint operating system for Internet access devices, providing instant-on/instant-off ease of use and smart network connectivity.