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The Internet as an OS vs. Virtual / Online Desktops

April 25th, 2006 · No Comments

I’m been thinking a lot lately about Web 2.0, web services, and client / server applications moving online. And it occurred to me that Internet could be seen as one big operating system with the various components scattered through out cyberspace. The next new thing could be moving traditional local operating system services into the cloud.

While working though this idea in my mind I ran across several groups that are pushing the desktop interface into a browser. I’m not talking about Citrix application launching and embedding where you are viewing a windows application running on a windows desktop via a web browser. But replicating the underlying desktop and application windows in a browser using AJAX.

You’ve really got to see this to understand the potential shift this could cause. Imagine replacing OSX or WinXP with a browser based equivalent. And then writing applications to run in this new virtual / online desktop with the ability to save the state and login from somewhere else with no session loss and independent of the base OS running the browser.

Check out these websites for more information:
ZDNet Article on the subject: XIN – a Web OS that wants to be a platform


Tags: Web 2.0

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