A web desktop or webtop is a desktop environment embedded in a web browser or similar client application. A webtop integrates web applications, web services, client–server applications, application servers, and applications on the local client into a desktop environment using the desktop metaphor. Web desktops provide an environment similar to that of Windows, Mac, or a graphical user interface on Unix and Linux systems. It is a virtual desktop running in a web browser. In a webtop the applications, data, files, configuration, settings, and access privileges reside remotely over the network. Much of the computing takes place remotely. The browser is primarily used for display and input purposes.
The terms “web desktop” and “webtop” are distinct from web operating system, a network operating system such as TinyOS or distributed operating system such as Inferno. In popular use, web desktops are sometimes referred to incorrectly as web operating systems or simply WebOS.
In the past few days, I’ve tested a bunch of virtual online operating systems and web desktop applications, I’ve gathered the best of them that I’ve personally tested and found interesting to be shared with you, enough talk and let’s get them listed:
Available at: eyeos.org
eyeOS is a disruptive desktop entirely usable from a web browser. It includes an office suite and some collaboration applications, as well as a full framework to develop new web apps as if they were desktop apps. It’s Free and Open Source –so you can host your own system, keeping all your data under your control.
Available at: icloud.com
icloud consists of a desktop with applications and files that you run through your web browser. Because it’s running in the cloud (the internet) it can offer you impressive features such as easy sharing and rich collaboration. The icloud team is 100% committed to providing you with an exciting, reliable, and productive computing experience.
Available at: oos.cc
Get your free Online Operating System account now and experience the next generation of the World Wide Web with your personal online desktop. Gain access to an entire operating system running in your browser.
Available at: mygoya.de
At home on every computer, Online operating system, No installation required, Accessible anywhere in the world.
5- Spiral Universe
Available at: www.spiraluniverse.com
Spiral is an integrated software suite used by schools to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve their management and administration. The platform is designed to be used by K-12 public, independent, and charter schools, as well as small colleges and universities.
Available at: www.ulteo.com
Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop is an installable Open Source virtual desktop and application delivery solution for corporations. It allows IT departments to deliver desktops and applications easily and at a lower cost than other solutions. It works in both a Windows and Linux environment.
Available at: www.zimdesk.com
ZimdeskOS is your computer on the web – the entire functionality of a PC – online. There is nothing to install. A web browser and internet connection are all you need to access your desktop, files and favourite applications. You can access your data anytime from anywhere, from any PC.
Now it’s your turn to test and share, tell us what you find interested on those application or even share a new one to be added to the this list of best online virtual desktop operating systems.