Web-based operating systems like YouOS and G.ho.st 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 Processor.com 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.