Narain is the founder & CEO for 360 Degree Interactive, a web services firm based in Chennai, India. This blog is about his personal views on Web 2.0, RoR, Social networking,Digital media, interactive advertising, SaaS, Service Oriented Architecture, India Inc, rural education, Web standards, mobile 2.0 and more.

Thursday, August 25

Browser is my new Desktop

I dreamt before. I fear lately. I am excited now. I have been saying for sometime that the desktop is dead. With the recent launches from couple of big players (Yahoo's Widget Gallery, Googles Desktop v2, Google Talk, Google Earth )validates my assumption. We are somewhere closer to the dream of having a full-fledged WebOS now. With the introduction of Google Desktop, it does dual work. It works as a search application for your desktop and provides a sidebar, which is web-enabled to have multiple applications & functionalities.

Kottke said it. Sadagopan second it. I am blogging it here.

With a full featured WebOS, what I foresee is a complete change in the way softwares, applications are being developed. We need a brand new Architecture, Framework to think, ideate and create solutions for the Web 3.0. To make that happen, the Ecosystem should be conduceive enough for more developers to get into it. Applications like Google Desktop are only scratching the surface of the biggest revolution to happen post dot-com. The browsers will be the new Desktop screen for you to start your work. I have been thinking loudly what if Google comes out something like Google Office, a simplified Google like interface for applications like Word, Excel and Powerpoint ? It will be then a breakthru for many offices, since all they need to do is to have internet connection and few other web apps like Basecamp, Blinksale, SalesForce to completely run the office automated without spending huge money on licenses.

Eventually, your PC will be reduced to a node. If processor companies like Intel, AMD can write processor level coding to deduct modems/internet connection and connect directly with a simplified browser & BIOS built in, then, we can clearly say goodbye to Microsoft. Already beyond the dominance of Microsoft, Linux, i can see a lot of open source full-featured frameworks being built like RubyonRails or Python and others.

The future is web. But the way the web works will be groundbreakingly different from the way we use it today.


At 10:01 PM, Blogger gbalaji said...

i accept this. but the thing is its not only pc it should beintegrating all our gizmos right know we are using should be integrated. isnt it narain.

the payment model should be like what we pay now for our internet connection or our mobile or eb bill.

then by the bye lets hope for the best as earlier as possible for the future of communication and integration of all married technologies to a single unified


At 10:19 AM, Blogger Narain said...

In an interesting sidenote, when talking to Arul Selvan, he has guided me to REBOL, a framework thru which you can create interesting complex applications with complete diet.

At 1:36 PM, Blogger gnanavel said...


This is what Microsoft dreamed as .Net, anything and everything over internet. There is no need to buy an application license all you have to do is use it over internet and pay for the usage....But this will take time bcoz the infrastructure is not in place yet in most part of the globe.

In a true .Net Scenario the user logs into Passport and not just to the OS when he is into passport all the applications are available for usage over internet and charged for the usage.

Hope those days happen in next era...afterall "HoPe iS BiGgEr ThAn LifE ITseLF"

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Aravindan said...


I think its similar to "Vapourware" which you used discuss few years back.

At 5:36 PM, Blogger Narain said...

I am unsure about the overall impact of .NET & Microsoft, still I certainly feel MS dont have any more jobs left for Web 2.0. The next revolution or total change will not come from biggies. It will be small companies with strong ideas, who will make eventually bigger things. Remember, when Google hits the deck in 2000, it was afterall a small company run by few Ph.D grads.


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