One of the main attractions of Linux-based netbooks is their ability to boot up almost instantly and provide quick access to Web browsers and other core applications. But what if you could give the same kind of instant-on functionality to Windows notebooks (especially older ones)? That’s the idea behind Xandros Presto, which was launched at Demo in early March. Xandros Presto is a full-featured ‘instant on’ solution to power up laptops within seconds. Presto is a downloadable software-only utility that doesn’t require special chipsets to quickly boot new and existing laptops and PCs. Presto allows on-the-fly computing to check email, browse the web, chat with friends, make Skype calls, create documents, download media, apps and games, or enjoy music, videos, and movies even if stored in the laptop’s Windows folders, without waiting for Windows to boot. Presto is compatible with most Windows Vista or XP laptops and desktops.
The OEM version is available immediately. A consumer download for $19.95 and a free trial version will be made available to the public on April 13, 2009 at www.prestomypc.com (a beta version will be available on March 16).