When talking about modern booting applications, one have to mention the community that stands behind it, the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum. UEFI Forum, an industry-wide organisation, overlooks and promotes development of specifications defining new model of software interface between an operating system and platform firmware. All in all, it provides a standard environment for booting an operating system and running pre-boot applications. UEFI is currently in a process of phasing out legacy BIOS technology. The benefits include support across multiple interfaces bringing a more secure system, faster boot times and added possibilities in pre-boot development.
Pre-boot applications allow the computers that are not yet loaded to have their operating systems configured and booted remotely by the user. The pre-installation platform facilitates deployment of the workstations and servers, and troubleshooting of an operating system while it is offline.
With Tuxera solutions, the users can quickly browse, back up and restore any volumes with a single press of a hotkey, without the need to boot the operating system. It applies to both pre-boot applications running on any operating system, and to double-boot systems such as increasingly popular “2 in 1″ hybrid laptops running on Windows and Android. Switching between two operating systems has never been easier.
A new trend in hybrid devices offers a Windows 8 laptop experience while connected to the keyboard, switching to Android tablet with convenient access to all Android apps when the keyboard is removed and it is used as a standalone device.