Web v2.0 brings us interactivity we never dreamed of in the early days of internet. So today I highlight some interesting browser based applications to explore.
A. Web Based Desktops
Web based desktops can be described as websites that mimic personal computer applications, such as word processing, the spreadsheet, slide-show presentations, photo editors, instant messengers, and many more of various functionality.
- eyeOS brings us a fully functioning desktop featuring Calendar, Contact Manager, vCard integration, Email client with POP3 functionality, RSS reader, FTP client, full featured Office suite (with Word processing, Spreadsheet, and Presentations, all supporting Microsoft Office formats), File Uploading (similar to My Documents in Windows), Calculator, games, and more.
- YouOS is more for the interested developer type. YouOS integrates the tools to develop (command shell very similar to UNIX) and socialize (bulliten boards, buddy lists, chat) with other developers.
B. Web Based Applications
Web based applications substitute installed applications. They can be used on any operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac).
- Google was one of the first to attempt browser based applications and does a fine job of maintaining the ones that have been released. Opening a Google account will enable you to utilize Google Docs (A Word Processor with Creation and Importing options), Google Calendar, and Google Notebook (enables quick saving notes for reference or reminder purposes). Don’t forget Google’s other services like Blogger, Pages, Reader, and Picasa.
- iNet World is a browser based HTML editor. Create any document using point-level formatting, indents, margins, backgrounds, borders, choice ofbullets, numbering, spell check, pictures, and more. iNet supports one click publishing, sharing, collaboration,custom styles, and more.
- Think Free Office is a Microsoft Office alternative featuring 1 GB of free storage, useful for sharing and collaboration. TFO also enables publishing documents to their ThinkFree Docs, your web pages, blogs, or Internet application.
C. Web Based Chat
Web based chat clients are most useful when you are at school, work, the library, or any computer that is not your own. Most web based chat clients handle multiple protocols, meaning that you can connect to your Yahoo Messenger, MSN, ICQ, and more simultaneously.
- Meebo offers support of Yahoo Messenger, AIM, MSN, and Google Talk. Meebo evens supports Web cam interaction.
- eBuddy supports Yahoo Messenger, AIM, MSN, Google Talk, and My Space. The eBuddy interface is catered to imitate MSN Messenger.
D. Other Web 2.0 Innovations
- WidgeTop emulates the Mac OS X Widget Dock. Pretty snazzy if you have never seen the Widget engine used in Mac OS X.