Webtop – The Future of Computing

    August 16, 2006

A number of people have thrown around the word “webtop” – but in doing so, I think they miss what the future of the web might have in store for us.

Web 2.0 purists believe a Web 2.0 world where all functionality, all true computing occurs within the browser or some form of it. But the webtop should not simply imply a WebOS or applications like Writely, Zoho, or Zimbra. Those aren’t really webtop applications – they are just web applications.

There are a number of webtop applications right now – or at least ones that give us a taste of what the webtop may look like. The webtop truly will be a combination of the web plus desktop. That means some of the computing power will come from the desktop yet the data (and a lot of functionality) will be accessed remotely. It’s a pretty powerful structure.

In the coming week(s), I’ll take a look at a number of webtop-like applications, as well as some of the things that are powering them.


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Ken Yarmosh is a consultant who helps organizations get the most out of their technology investments. He works with technology users and creators across various industries, focusing on technology education and strategy. With over 7 years IT experience, Ken has worked with small businesses, non-profits, federal agencies, and multi-million dollar companies.

His online efforts include acting as the Editor for the Corante Technology Hub and authoring the TECHNOSIGHT blog.