Users of Dell Computer's Dimension consumer PCs will soon be able to launch applications in less than 30 seconds thanks to a fast boot feature of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Millennium Edition (ME) operating system.
Dell's Dimension systems are part of the company's Dell4Me drive to position itself as a one-stop shop for home PC consumers. The service includes broadband internet access and digital music while the machines will focus on an industrial design.
The accelerated Dimension line will be released by the end of the year and incorporate Windows ME, codenamed Millennium. The software, aimed at home users, is the third version of Windows 98 and the last product based on the Windows 9X code base.
Microsoft said its engineers have focused on keeping the system interface simple. A spokesman said consumers want their PCs to perform as well as their other home appliances.
Although the home market is not an area that Dell has dominated, the company claims that it has steadily been gaining market share and has moved to fourth place from seventh in that market.
Dell said it is teaming up with [email protected] in the US to allow customers buying a new PC to purchase a cable modem, which Dell will install in the factory. Dell will then hook up the modem and service at users' home at no extra cost.
Dell also announced support for the HPNA 2.0, the latest version of the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance standard for high-speed networking over existing phone lines.
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