Cloud computing from a user’s perspective is simply the process of taking one’s computing needs online. What that means is that the web based email solutions that we use, or the calendering applications that we rely on are examples of cloud computing. And by that definition, every one from Google to Microsoft to Yahoo is in the cloud computing business.
Google recently announced that they’re working on an operating system called Chrome OS which will be based on Linux and the users using it will store all their data on Google’s servers. So, even if the actual operating system resides on the user’s machine, the data resides in the Cloud. This is Google’s vision of a Cloud OS.
While Google’s Chrome OS hasn’t yet hit the market officially, Transmedia’s Glide OS is here and it goes one up on Chrome OS by storing the complete operating system in the cloud.
Glide OS runs as a flash based application within your operating system and provides the user with applications that mimic the functionality of their desktop counterparts like Word processing, emailing and even photo editing.
Glide OS comes with 30 GB of free space for users to store their personal files. There is a premium subscription option that costs $50/year and gives you even more storage at 250GB.
The best part about Glide OS is the awesome compatibility and near ubiquitous access to your data. Glide OS works with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome and almost any mobile phone. So, it doesn’t really matter which part of the world you’re in or which operating system or web browser you’re using – You’ll always have access to your data.
Applications are what makes or breaks a platform. So, how does Glide OS stacks up on that front ?
I tried the presentation application called Present that comes with Glide OS and, in my humble opinion, it probably does 80% of the tasks that people use Microsoft Powerpoint for, and that’s saying quite a lot.
Another very useful application bundled with Glide OS is Write which is a very simple word processor with support for HTML output. Frankly speaking, compared to the presentation application, this one was a letdown. It might compete with Wordpad but doesn’t even come close to touching Microsoft Word. But, then if you really want Microsoft Word, you wouldn’t be using Glide OS and if all you want is to type up some notes and refer to them later, Write serves the purpose.
In my opinion, Glide OS is a revolutionary idea that holds a lot of promise. I absolutely can’t wait to see where they take it from here.