We have heard the rumors about Google coming out with its own online operating system aka Web OS. Well there are companies that currently are experimenting with what they call Web-based desktops. One such company is called Desktoptwo.
It is basically an operating system that runs from your Web browser in which you can use programs that they have written such as email, a word processor, and so forth, combined with 1G of storage. Nothing is installed onto your computer system.
Interesting. So I decided to give it a try since it was free. After a simple registration process in which you set up a login and password, I was allowed access to the site. The site is still in beta (testing) and it has a banner running across the screen which mentions this fact and it asks users to report any problems with the site. I was also given a free email account using the desktoptwo domain.
One I logged on to the site, I saw the applications located right on the desktop which were easy to identify. Hard drive, email, address book, IM, and more, readily available for use. The one that drew my attention was global settings in which you can modify the look of your work place. I then went to try notepad and it wouldn’t load. So I tried making a bug report, which also wouldn’t load. This is when I noticed that my Firefox browser had frozen solid. Oops.
So I then tried the site using Internet Explorer and Opera and it worked fine. I think that the Adblock extension I use in Firefox could be the culprit. Anyway, the site worked fine and I was able to send and receive email and save a few notes easily. I would recommend you take a look at Desktoptwo and let us know what you think.
[tags]desktoptwo, operating system, online, firefox, opera, internet explorer, [tags]