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HyerSpace with ThinkFree Office

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Phoenix Technologies has already announced that their ThinkFree Office, which is a Microsoft Office-like productivity suit is made available through their fast-boot HyperSpace source. The HyperSpace is basically a ‘Lite’ operating system based on Linux which laptop users can easily boot within a few seconds, compared to the several minutes often required to load windows. Therefore by imitating the instant start experience in smartphones the HyperSpace has moved around one of the long awaiting complaints of Windows regarding its slow boot time which is also implicitly acknowledged by Microsoft.

According to Milpitas the Calif-based Phoenix, the HyperSpace would not just save user’s boot time but would also need less energy to operate compared to windows, thereby extending its battery life. Guarav Banga the CTO said that, with the HyperSpace the users will have the ability to access cut down versions of different applications including a video player with large variety of codec’s, Firefox web browser, a notepad, calculator and even some games. Banga claims that although Windows laptops can wake up from hibernate modes or from sleep quickly they are unreliable. He said, there are a lot of people in offices who go for meetings leaving their laptop lids open as in case it might take too long for the laptop to wake up and find the Wi-Fi.

Banga further said that apart from adding the new ThinkFree which is a latest update to HyperSpace it would also boast its resolution and color capabilities. Additionally the company is also working on to add instant messaging and email software. Phoenix also competes with another similar instant on Linux platform called the Splashtop. The Splashtop also fully competes with products like the $150 device offered by Lenovo Group and Research in Motion which automatically forwards mails from the Blackberries of users to even turned off ThinkPads.

Until now the footing for HyperSpace is still limited as only 2 major manufacturers the NCE Corp of Japan and Asustek Computers Inc in Taiwan have announced their plans to install the Hyperspace on their laptop and netbook PCs. Guarav Banga has promised that the company would announce some more details about the HyperSpace in a few weeks.

Apart from this Phoenix also offers HyperSpace directly to their customers in 2 different flavors which is a hybrid version through which the users can instantly flip front and back between Windows and HyperSpace which costs around $59.95 a year and the Dual Version which costs around $39.95 a year and it need the user to exit HyperSpace to move into Windows. The users can even take both the versions for 21 day trial. However although it is not disclosed about the number of HyperSpace customers, Banga says that there are plenty of trail downloads available. With regards to security concerns, the company controls the applications which can be installed to HyperSpace. Banga said that adding more applications is obviously their goal and so they are opening up the environment so that their users can eventually choose the software to install.