Web OS – A new breed of Operating Systems
WebOS, a new breed of operating systems (“so called”) has been started. But before going into some detail, let me explain you some historical development that lead towards the “invention” of this new breed in high tech world.
The technology developer has always tried to make the Websites more dynamic and attractive. You are witness of the booming age of java applets, Flash and now AJAX. All has added a lot to the websites which ultimately results in to develop advance websites.
Recently I saw a few websites on net like,
These websites showed the trend where the new market is moving on. You can see that every major giant in computer industry is trying to make AJAX based solutions, like the above mentioned sites, which has provided your desktop on the internet, with about 1 GB of storage, built in mail client, chatting client, wallpapers, multimedia players etc. What these sites are expecting? Actually these are facilitating the user to have their ONE desktop, independent to your Operating System, your System. Does not matter how many times you wipe out your OS or get new system, you’ll have your desktop with your important documents and mails stored at one position, accessed from any place in the world.
Impressive enough? Well, the first time when I came to know about one of the sites I was thinking; “wow”. That is great piece of designing and AJAX based coding but will these things able to replace our traditional OS (Windows, Linux, MAC, etc)? Well, the very first answer come to my mind was simply a big “NO!”. Reason; to access these sites we should have at least an Operating System installed on our system, so that we may connect to the internet using our system resources (modem) to access our very “Desktop”. So if we are going to have OS then why should need these websites?
Then I got remember one of the news that I read earlier,
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,121027-page,1/article.html read the article and you’ll find that Intel is already planning to move one step forward to put a sub-operating-system in mother-board chips. This is the beginning, what future can be? May be Intel and Microsoft joins hands to provide mother-boards with build-in OS to avoid piracy and if this will happen then we can use that little OS to use our system resources (modem) to connect to the internet and ultimately to our ONE DESKTOP on internet.
In the above scenario, what you need is OS (built in chips), internet connection and a browser and all the rest will be available on these sites. Like your messenger, mail client, important documents, multimedia player.
Though, these OS, initially, will not be able to solve the need of a professional “developer”, “designer” or “architect” but definitely these OS will help those people who mostly manage documents, have much to do with their emails and just listen to songs.
That was just a thinking that I had about the future after analyzing the web development and hardware trends, may be future will entirely different from what I thought, but I guess it’d definitely have a little piece of my this thinking .