Analyst: Web-based Computing Still a Pipe Dream

Lora Bentley

Web-based operating systems like YouOS and are generating buzz lately, particularly because several pundits think they represent the next generation in computing. And while that may be true eventually, Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin doesn't think it will happen soon. In fact, he says the day when an Internet browser is all an end user needs is still "a pipe dream" for at least the next decade.


According to this op-ed, a better "Internet backbone" and high speed connections around the world are necessary before that kind of Web computing will work. What's more, says Gartner's Michael Silver, OS-specific application development usually means a more robust development environment. Not to mention that 70 percent to 80 percent of the apps in a typical enterprise today are still Windows-specific, according to Gartner estimates.


So even though OS-Agnostic applications are gaining ground, they won't do away with OS-specific apps completely for quite a while.

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May 12, 2007 1:38 AM Zvi Schreiber Zvi Schreiber  says:
Hi LoraFirstly, we agree with the pundits you quote as saying that the Virtual Computer approach of (the Global Hosted Operating System at and represents the next generation in computing :-)We also agree with you that it wont happen anytime soon that, and the Web applications that run with, will entirely replace the traditional offline operating systems and applications such as Windows. However, we believe that the Virtual Computer can become the environment of choice, very soon, for SOME users, including young people who like to go online at school and elsewhere, people who want to do a bit of personal computing safely and conveniently at work, or people who use Internet Cafes.Thanks for your feedbackZvi Reply
May 17, 2010 4:13 AM trade plumbing supplies trade plumbing supplies  says:

Three steps forward .... Still, you know what they say about the man who never made a mistake! Keep going - you'll get there soon - and it's good to have some news again.


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