Whether you’re a Windows, Mac, or Linux fan, each one of us uses our OS to accomplish certain tasks. The operating system is like a gateway to productivity. Each one may be built differently and have a separate set of features, but they do share a lot of things in common. It used to be that certain OS zealots stuck with their weapon of choice because of the software that was available for it, but with Web services becoming more powerful, a lot of our time has spent in the browser instead of on the desktop. YouOS is an interesting service that encourages you to forget your traditional desktop and take your operating system online.
The interface does resemble an operating system due to the familiar desktop environment and access to a variety of applications (Web browser, e-mail/chat client, text editor). One of the interesting things about this service is that you can develop and install applications yourself, and there are already a number of apps that are available and have been built off of many of the popular Web services that are all over the place. Interact with YouOS just like you would with any other OS, and when you’re done, go ahead and logout and return at another time, because all of your previously saved work will be waiting for you. This alpha product is fun to mess around with, but it’s going to take some time before we can include this type of thing with The Big Three operating systems.