Web operating systems are a great way to access all your data from anywhere in the world (provided there is a computer with an Internet connection and a Web browser). They are especially handy if you have several computers, travel a lot, but want to keep all your stuff in one place and want to be able to use your favorite applications as well.
Now at this point you might think: “Hang on! Web OS? What is that?” Basically, a Web OS is something that resembles an operating system on the Internet. It’s your own virtual desktop that is not tied to any physical location, which enables you to access it from anywhere with a browser. Webtop is another word for a Web OS. Don’t confuse Web OS with remote PC – in the case of remote PC you just access your computer through a network.
Let me share with you 5 Web Operating Systems that are simply the user friendly, easy to use and include many features.
icloud is my absolute favorite. Not only does it look great, has pretty much any application you might need, but also offers up to 50GB of online storage, easy sharing, and an application development feature. Let’s have a look at what it has to offer:
- Online file system for storing all file types
- WebDAV-support allows direct access to your icloud-storage from Windows Explorer
- Productivity applications – Write, Calendar, Mail (compatible with all your email accounts plus a free icloud account), Contacts, ToDo, Calculator, Notepad, Unzip
- Photo organizer with sharing capability, media player – iPlay, movie player, and even radio
- IM and a web browser
In short, I think it’s the best Web OS out there.
Glide OS 3.0 is an ad-free cloud computing solution, accessible from a computer and a mobile phone. It’s a free suite of useful application and gives you 10GB of free storage. Glide OS provides automatic file and application compatibility across devices
and operating systems. And you can set up 6 family members accounts, including a child’s account. It has an intuitive interface and is very easy to use. It takes less than two minutes to set up an account and then everything is really straightforward. Glide OS provides:
- 10GB of virtual disk space
- Office tools – word processor, presentation creator, calculator, calendar
- Photo editor
- Website creator
- Glide webmail
- Synchronization and file sharing
G.ho.st stands for Global hosted operating system. The G.ho.st Virtual Computer includes almost everything you would have in a physical computer – a desktop, file storage (like a disk drive) and apps. There are two versions of G.ho.st – G.ho.st VC (virtual computer), and G.ho.st Lite for access from mobile phones or very old computers with dial-up connection. G.ho.st key features include:
- 15GB professionally hosted and backed-up disk space
- Sharing and collaboration
- Office suite – you can create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations using G.ho.st integrations with Zoho
- Web browser
Jolicloud is a Web OS that was developed for netbooks, so it is very Net focused. It supports all connectivity hardware, like 3G modems, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Jolicloud is also great for social media users, because it makes accessing services like Facebook and Twitter really easy. It also has Skype, Google Reader, GMail, Meebo, VLC, and what not.
You can easily live-synch updates from your netbook with your Jolicloud homebase whenever you are connected to the Internet. You can also use Zoho apps to read, write and edit documents, create spreadsheets and presentations. Jolicloud is compatible with Linux, Windows, AIR and web applications that support Flash and Gears for offline web. In all, a really cool Web OS.
eyeOS is the Open Source Cloud Computing’s Web Desktop. This operating system can be used by individuals as well as organizations. You can either create an account on eyeOS server or download it and run it from your own server. eyeOS acts as a platform for web applications written using the eyeOS Toolkit. It includes a Desktop environment with 67 applications and system utilities, including Word Processor, Address Book, PDF reader, and tons of applications developed by the community.