Five Web Operating Systems You Can Take for a Spin - Page 2

Is a cloud-based WebOS in your network's future? Here are five you can try out from your own servers or from public hosting.

 By Eric Geier
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4. StartForce

StartForce is one of the most Windows-like online OSs, as seen in Figure 4. It has a desktop, taskbar, and start menu similar to Windows. Like eyeOS, it's designed more for a full OS replacement. Like Glide OS and Airset, StartForce offers mobile phone access.

StartForce includes the same types of applications as the other Web OSs and has a sync program too. Its office suite closely matches that of Microsoft Office. StartForce also has sharing and collaboration features, with the ability to create groups and drop boxes.

5. G.ho.st

Yes, there are two dots in the name and URL of this Flash-based Web OS. Like StartForce, G.ho.st tries to resemble the Windows environment, as seen in Figure 5. Again, you'll find the same type of programs and applications as the other services. However, this one offers more storage: 15GB and 5GB for each friend you refer.

There's More

We only reviewed only five services. There are many more web-based OSs out there, including amoebaOS, Cloudo, Lucid, Nivio, Schmedley, WebX, and Windows4all. Plus don't forget to keep up with the upcoming Google Chrome OS.

Eric Geier is the author of many networking and computing books, including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Microsoft® Windows Vista (Que 2007).

This article was originally published on Oct 14, 2009
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