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Is the Web OS really next generation?

June 20, 2007


I stumbled upon this post and have to put in my two cents on the matter of an web os being the next generation. It’s been talked about back during the dotcom days (1999) and it never really got off the ground due to the so-so user experience and of course the “Dot-Com Bubble”. As an ex-avid user of the now extinct – – despite it’s impressive capabilities at the time, it was far from being comparable to an OS. There were also other online OS’s but they very similar in experience. If your curious what MID was about check out this shell of what it use to be.

Now, I have to admit that new technologies might change what we see in the very near future, but I think the responsiveness and the rich experience of an actual OS will remain dominant for quite a while. I think the Steve Job & Gates interview during the All Things D is a good example. Steve Jobs noted that the Google Maps application on the iPhone blew away the Google folks when they used it on a more rich client. I agree that rich clients using web services like Steve Jobs stated is definitely the way things are going to go.

Another thing is how we are going to interact with computers or devices will be changing, as we see at home with the Nintendo Wii, Apple iPhone, the post-pc device and in industry – Jeff Hans Multi-touch, Microsoft Surface. I think this emerging level of experience can’t be replaced by any browser.

Ok, I got that off my chest.