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The Future of Desktop in the Cloud

Simple connection here: My browser is my OS+AppsSuite and all I need is a device. So a simple ODPH (One Device Per Human) with some sort of interface which can be felt! That is my verdict.

So we will all be environmentally conscious, we won't have more than 6.5 odd billion devices on this planet (or whatever the population of the world will be then).

Anyways, Twine's CEO has a much longer story:

It's a classic embrace-and-extend story - the Web browser began as just another app on the desktop and has quickly embraced and extended every other application to become the central tool on everyone's desktop. All that remains is the desktop itself - and the browser is quickly making inroads there as well. In particular Firefox, with it's easy extensibility and huge range of add-ons, is rapidly displacing the remaining features of the desktop.

If these trends continue, will the browser eventually swallow up or simply replace the desktop? Yes. In fact, it will probably happen very soon. There just isn't any reason to have a desktop outside the browser anymore. What we think of as "the desktop" is really just a perspective on our information and applications - it's really just another "page" or context in our digital lives. This could easily exist within a browser. So instead of launching the browser from the desktop, it makes more sense to launch the desktop from the browser. In this way of thinking, the desktop is really just our home page - the place where we do our work and keep up with our world.


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