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.