Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Web desktops

Web desktops seem to be the next step in what web applications are capable of doing:

I'm guessing the aim is to have access to your personal desktop (and applications) when you're using a public internet computer. However, my question is: aren't these companies a little early? Wouldn't it be more wise to wait until we're closer to having some sort of a public internet terminal infrastructure? i.e. when computer terminals are as ubiquitous as how public telephones used to be ?

It seems to me that people already have powerful desktops on their desktops. Or if they're travel-focused, they already have a laptop and again have a powerful desktop already. So what's the purpose of releasing a web-desktop at the moment, especially when it doesn't appear that either of the apps have immediate profitable business ideas?

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