The idea of transporting an entire operating system together with the usual desktop applications online didn’t take off as developers and web entrepreneurs would have wanted. It did enjoy a brief period of popularity when a number of such Web OSs cropped up, most of them didn’t even make it through the first year. eyeOS and Glide are among the very few surviving ones. Now a new virtual web operating system has been spotted.
Windows4all is based on Microsoft Silverlight and looks exactly like Windows Vista minus transparencies. It simulates the Windows operating system inside a web browser – users can launch applications, play WMV media files, create new text documents and even save it (temporarily) right inside the browser.
Besides a desktop, taskbar, start menu and sidebar, currently it includes these applications:
File Explorer – browse files on a virtual hard drive
Internet Explorer – browse websites with a simple, minimalist browser
Video Player – play WMV video files on your local drive
Rich text editor
Games like Chess, Solitaire, Spider, Tic-tac-toe
It even has an option to “install” new applications which are XAP files, a type of file for Silverlight applications.
This is Windows4all’s first and alpha release.