It is no secret that Netbooks – the small, ultra-portable and arguably underpowered cousins of larger, more powerful PC notebooks – have turned the PC industry on its head. Since Asus first ushered in the EeePC a few short years ago, the market has been flooded with a slew of netbooks. Today’s models are sporting larger screens, bigger keyboards, more memory and typically feature Windows XP as the de facto standard operating system.
With the launch of Windows 7 upon us, its a good time to look at the future of instant-on in the post-Vista era. Windows 7 is bringing a slew of usability improvements. I've been using a Win 7 release candidate for months now, and have appreciated the performance, the new dock design, and Microsoft's decision to get rid of the countless security warnings that we came to equate with Vista. From the early pre-release days of Win 7, there have also been repeated claims of "near instant-on" boot performance. Those turned out to be far from reality.
Are you a business professional who falls under the regime of an IT department that does not let you install the apps and devices you want? What happened to basic freedoms? What happened to choice? Does anyone realize how hard your job is?
Or… are you the IT manager who has to manage hundreds, nay thousands of devices and is constantly amazed at the audacity of workers who are still trying to slide one past you? Oh yeah, like that iPhone will ever be secure enough? Does anyone realize how hard your job is?
Last week we made a press announcement in China that the company has opened a new facility in Beijing, headed by our Chief Strategy Officer, Cliff Miller, and the new home base to several high-level employees, including founding team member Alex Lu, SVP of BD; newly appointed VP of OEM Sales and Alliances, William Wang; Director of New Business Development, Kevin Wang; and Allen Shen, PR Director for China. The Beijing office will focus on building strategic relationships in China as well as the broader Asian market.
HP has just announced their new lineup of netbooks and notebooks. We at DeviceVM are excited to point out that a number of new systems feature HP QuickWeb functionality, powered by Splashtop. As HP explains:
"QuickWeb allows users to access the web in seconds when the notebook is shut down. The application resides outside the notebook’s operating system, so there is no need to wait for the computer to boot up."
I borrowed the headline from Technologizer, where Harry McCracken is running a poll to see how quickly people get online in the morning. At the time I voted and saw the results, 43% of respondents claimed to get online before they actually got up - they keep their computers or phones by the bed. For a full 78% of respondents, going online competes with or comes before getting breakfast or walking their dog.
The singular goal of DeviceVM and the Splashtop technology is to get you to whatever you're looking for, quickly and efficiently. We're the inventors of this space and continually think of ways to innovate. Sometimes we innovate by solving large technical problems like getting your machine up and functional in a matter of seconds. Other times, we observe how people are using technology and attempt to make interface changes that improve the experience of using Splashtop.
There's no doubt that the instant internet revolution is here. A couple weeks ago we announced that we are now working with both Acer and Sony. Add that to HP, Asus, LG and Lenovo. We're on a roll and millions of people are booting up to Splashtop every day. We get lots of feedback about Splashtop - most of it is very complimentary and often we get suggestions how to make it better.
In its corporate blog post, Google outlined the vision for the Google Chrome OS. This is an exciting development, and validates and reflects what we have been seeing with Splashtop - people want instant-on computing; an easy-to-use interface; and a secure environment with no worries about malware or viruses. Here is how Google explains the motivation behind Chrome OS: