YouOS demonstrates a web-based operating system

By Justin Mann on July 7, 2006, 9:16 PM
What's the next step after web-based applications and thin clients? Web-based operating systems, apparently. An interesting idea known as YouOS is a project that strives to create a full computing environment that is entirely web-based, running programs (including browsers) completely inside your browser. Files are saved and data kept inside your virtual web environment and you can access it from just about anywhere.

While not much more than a demo at this point, the concept and potential behind YouOS is clear. As long as you can access a browser, you could theoretically access your YouOS machine. With many companies focusing on creating web-based applications, even Microsoft, the near future may see projects like this become commonplace. Take a look

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crossfire851 said:
Hope this doesn't become the future. (completely)
smtkr said:
Besides the requirement of needing a local OS to run this remote OS (unless a motherboard manufacturer sets something up to allow remote booting to this system), you would need incredible up-time to make this system viable. I don't see it.
canadian said:
And huge bandwidth. Also, could you do stuff like, use bittorrent on it? Play games?
Xavien said:
wasn't this what .NET was originally designed for?i guess Microsoft found a web-based OS un-viable, it'll be interesting if this turns out to be a real product.
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