GoogleOS? YahooOS? MozillaOS? WebOS?

Jason Kottke, kottke.org, Aug 23, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

OK, this post is mostly speculation, but it's informed speculation, and even though it's a little out there, it is beyond neither comprehension nor reason. The idea, in a nutshell, is that the applications we normally store on our computer - things like MS Words, email, PowerPoint, and the like - will in the future be hosted on the web. This will mean that we're not bound to Microsoft, that our applictaions will work the same (and be the same) no matter what computer we're using. But as the author notes, "the reality of it will probably be a lot messier and take a lot longer than most would like." The take-home here is that the boundary between online and offline will get fuzzier and fuzzier over time, and that applications will have to interoperate as easily between websites as they do doday on your desktop.
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