Glide 2.0, the First Online Operating System

There is so much hyped about online OS these days that Web-based software is becoming a serious competitor to conventional desktop applications. Glide OS 2.0, developed by Transmedia, is the first online operating system.

Glide 2.0 works with PC, Mac, Linux, RIM BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian and iPhone. It is a web-based, flash-required online tool that can serve as your online operating system for desktops, laptops as well as mobile devices. Glide 2.0 offers feature rich applications including organizer, address book, calendar, chat, calculator, videos, photos, music, blogs, bookmarks, RSS feed, weather, stickies, and widgets. In addition, Glide 2.0 offers document suite that includes photo edit, write, present, and Web publishing. It is similar with the Google Docs.

Glide 2.0 provides file synchronization, format translation, file management and sharing tools. You can share files securely and view simultaneously using a simple drag and drop user interface, with built in rights management. Also, you can access all of your videos, audio, photos, documents, contacts, calendars and bookmarks synchronized with your local desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux) and share in conference.

I like the communication tools offered in Glide 2.0. Besides Glide’s email, text, audio and video chat and sharing applications, you can access VoIP from Glide to make calls to local landline and mobile phones directly from their browsers and SMS text message when sharing files. Also, you can access their AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Skype, JAJAH, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Groupwise, QQ, SILC, Sametime, SIMPLE, XMPP, Zephyr, and iChat accounts and initiate communication directly from the Glide Address Book.

I have played with Glide 2.0 for the past several days. I like what I have experienced so far. With the broadband access is widely available everywhere, I think an online operating system like Glide 2.0 has a great potential and an interesting future. Glide 2.0 is free with 2GB of storage. However, you can increase that to 10 GB for $4.95/month.


Glide 2.0


About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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4 Responses to Glide 2.0, the First Online Operating System

  1. Michelle Johnson says:

    I think this would be a good tool I could use in my classroom to communicate with my parents . Also I could use it to organize files and keep up with school work. I think this is a good tool and I plan on using it. I like think the features are cool.

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  3. houbinfang says:

    I have no idea about the Glide 2.0, but I just need to get to know it because this is the only way for us to adopt the new environment.
    As what Dr. Yuen introduced in his blog, that the Glide 2.0 is “a web-based, flash-required online tool that can serve as your typical desktop operating system — now even mobile.” It can also offer feature rich applications in it like organizer, calendar, document writer, presentation, calculator, email, videos, photos, publisher, bookmarks, contacts, and a lot more.
    In fact, the good news is that TransMedia is launching the all new Glide OS 3.0 on March 19th, 2008. As they said, Glide OS 3.0 will be available in 16 languages including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Hebrew, Greek and Turkish. And the new Glide OS 3.0 will be with over 100 new features, an all new design and significant performance enhancements. The development of Glide OS 3.0 was considered all the problems that have encountered during the previous version that launched before, so we expected the new version will bring us more. TransMedia Chairman & CEO, Donald LekaIn introduced that in the Glide OS 3.0, a user can establishe his own personal web space and sets his own rules of online engagement. In addition, each user can control how their personal web interacts with the personal webs of others. Comparing with ad driven online communities, Glide users get to individually set all of the ground rules and are empowered with tracking tools to protect their personal information and files. This is really user-centered software, so I hope they can also offer the trial version, we can have a try before make a purchase decision.
    I am wondering if there are trail versions for free download. Please give me a link at, if someone knows.

  4. Tim Bryant says:

    This is definitely interesting technology. Since I haven’t heard about it yet, it seems that it’s behind the curve when it comes to getting it out there to the public. They probably can’t compete with Google, but it’s a matter of time before we start seeing more technology like this on the net. The key is going to be to strip away the browser at some point. The technologies need to converge where I can have access to my information in the format I want at another computer, on my cell phone, in my car. At some point the technology will converge, but it will take one application or OS that levels the playing field so that everyone can run what they need using a common framework. This was supposed to be Java, but I feel like it is not powerful enough at the present time to do everything needed, and more programs would need to be written in Java so that it’s more seamless to move between the different programs you use.

    Perhaps the future will be VMWare, and a virtual machine running on a server that you access from wherever you are. The only people that would need “true” PCs at that point would be those that are the “power users” of today. I can’t see ever giving up my PC, but I can see setting up my mother or sisters with something like this that they can use simply by firing up a web enabled “appliance”.

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