Google and Microsoft join hands in Acer dual-booting notebook

Acer has launched the Aspire Happy notebook with dual-booting OSes that could see Microsoft and Google teaming up in future to take down the fruity might of Apple.

The new notebook touts a 10.1-inch LED backlit display with 16:9 aspect ratio and WSVGA resolution, a choice of Intel’s Atom N450 or dual-core N550 processors, Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator 3150, 2GB of RAM, and up to 250GB of hard drive space.

More important than the spec, however, is what operating system it’s running, and this little gem will keep Microsoft and Google fans happy – allowing users to dual boot from Windows 7 or Android 2.1.

This intriguing move means that users can boot up Windows for work and then switch to Android to play around with a few apps or games, giving the Happy a versatility that many notebooks simply do not have.

It also makes the Happy a meeting point between standard notebook flexibility and the on-the-go functionality of a mobile OS, without sacrificing anything from either.

Of course, Android isn’t really designed for notebooks and some have even said it’s not yet ready for the tablet market, despite recent pushes to flood the place with iPad contenders, and rumours that Android 3.0 will be much more tablet-friendly.

The extra weight of a proper notebook also means it won’t truly be suitable for those who want something light like a netbook or tablet, but it does open some new possibilities for the future.

Apple’s main rival of bygone days was Microsoft. Now, in the mobile computing space, Google is Apple’s primary competition but Microsoft is far from out of the picture. If Google and Microsoft were to team up to offer their OS’ on dual-booting machines it could give Apple a serious run for its money.

Google is also set to release its fast-booting Chrome OS soon, which will be much more suitable for notebooks and will offer a genuinely different experience to Windows. Google’s decision not to clone Windows may pay off here for both parties, as they can jointly offer both products as complimentary operating systems instead of competitors.

If you want to get on the web quick, boot Chrome. If you want to get some in-depth work or gaming done, boot Windows.

Those worried about the environment will be content with the Happy’s RoHS and WEEE compliance, along with smart power technology to lower power consumption. Those worried about fashion can choose from four colours: candy pink, lavender purple, lime green, and Hawaii blue, whatever that is.

The Acer Aspire Happy is available now for £250.