Feeds

MSI mobo ditches Bios for EFI

Inside the future of PC set-up technology

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The Game option is unusual as it allows you to play simple games in the UEFI that you load from CD in the limbo before the OS loads. This is similar to the Asus' Express Gate system, which allows you to use instant messengers and look at photos without booting your OS, so we asked Iain Bristow, who looks after the marketing of PC components at Asus UK, about the company's plans for UEFI

MSI Click Bios

It even has... er... games

"We do plan on using it someday," he said, "but we’re not in a hurry. Currently, we aren’t seeing any huge improvements to end users [in implementing EFI].

"EFI’s major benefit is within its programming structure. It’s really good for the guys doing the designs, but to the end users everything that is available within EFI at this moment, we can do with Express Gate. We’ve been debating a GUI Bios for a long time, and we’ve done it before – currently it’s not that important to an end user, so we’ll focus on producing strong Bios."

Those are fair points, so we put a few questions to Richard Stewart, Marketing Manager at MSI UK. Yes, he admitted, at a simple level, EFI is just a 'pretty' Bios. "At this stage, the MSI Click Bios is just a tool to show what the future holds. As you click through it, you'll just notice all the 'legacy' menus and almost the same options but in a clickable format. You can, however, see new options such as language selection.

MSI Click Bios

The Utilities section is more useful

"This is the next-generation Bios structure that moves away from the 25-year-old or more Assembly-based design into a new, very user friendly interface where you can even use a mouse. As development becomes more widespread we hope that within the UEFI framework we can activate the LAN (as an example), which would potentially mean the use of IM software, browsers, media players all available OS independent.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.