A list of Online and web Based Operating systems

In the world of today, the internet has imbued every area of our work with complete interconnectedness without any boundaries. From emails to online office suites, more users are becoming increasingly dependant on the internet for their day to day work. Thus, it was only natural that a web-based operating system was imminent in Web 2.0′s age, and thus were formed these ten admirable services that give users the power of computing on the go. No more hard-drive backups and formatting just turn on your browser and get going with these Web OS services!

Screenshot of the EyeOS Cloud OS

If we notice then Facebook wants to be the operating system for the web,But there are many more web operating systems hoping to bring all your usual desktop applications online in one place. We can get much more from the web than our expectations, It’s just need some patience and the right place to start up with. Some replicate the entire desktop, while others are startpages with info from around the web – here are more than 10 of our favorites. Just scroll your mouse and grab through these, these are the right places for you to take a look at.

Web Based O.S / Online O.S

One could argue that a Web-based operating system is redundant, since one needs a computer, operating system, and Web browser to access an online operating system. While that’s true, the point of an online operating system is complete environment portability. That means being able to log on to any computer that has an Internet connection and, in the time it takes to launch your Web OS, having all of your applications and documents ready for you to resume work. Although you could cobble together many of the elements of a Web OS by using, say, Google Docs, Yahoo Mail, and other online applications, doing so would require you to make several stops around the Internet.

There’s no doubt that today’s Web-based operating systems are far from feature-laden, and they probably will not tempt many to abandon their current routine that combines desktop and Web-based software.
But given the push that the major players in the industry are making toward a completely Web-based future, there’s also little doubt that Web-based operating systems, or some form thereof, are in our collective future.


Formerly known as Xindesk, Cloudo is an open internet-based operating system that is written in PHP and runs the LAMP software bundle. It makes full use of the area of the browser and seamlessly integrates with the iPhone’s mobile browser. Written using open technologies, this browser based OS is high on features and usability. Currently in Public Beta, it opens to consumers next year.


One of the first implementations of the web-based OS that you can run on your own server, EyeOS offers a credible amount of customisation options as long as your web server runs PHP5 and Apache. EyeOS also offers GUI customisation options which means that you can set up an OS the way you and your users want it – highly recommended for those who need to set up their own Web OS.


Short for Global Hosted Operating SysTem, Ghost Inc.’s web-based operating system is built for all those consumers who need to set up an online cloud-computing base without any hassles. The working environment is very similar to most operating systems that users use, and users can add more applications in the near future.

Glide OS

TransMedia’s Glide OS is yet another entrant into the competitive world of cloud computing. However, with Intel’s plans of putting Glide into their ultra-mobile PCs, this is one online OS that is not to be trifled with. Packing a host of applications in its basic version, Glide does an admirable job of providing easy cloud computing for its users on both the PC and mobile platforms.

Lucid Desktop

Lucid Desktop (formerly known as the Psych Desktop) is built on a base of PHP5 and is a prosumer-oriented web desktop service. This desktop can be installed on to a web server like EyeOS, and is remarkably simple to use and write code for. With its proximity to Linux’s code, Lucid Desktop will be a sure hit with the Linux-loving masses.

Lucid is a free, open source web desktop, or webOS that lets you:* Access your media, office documents, and other files anywhere.
* Stay up to date with Twitter, RSS feeds, and what’s happening on the web.
* Create great web applications in ridiculously short amounts of time.

Online OS

A welcome departure from the masses, Online OS is written in Javascript and uses AJAX for its fast and user-friendly work. The demo desktop looks like the Windows XP desktop (the registered version can be made to look like KDE or Mac OSX) and loads very fast (although there are a few glitches here and there when components fail to load quickly). It has file-management and other abilities, but most of its applications are not part of the OS itself rather, they launch outside of it, making Online OS a sort of a portal to these apps.


This is one of those few online operating systems that make use of the EXT-JS library for its functioning. Coupled with cutting-edge GUI, qWikiOffice is indistinguishable from an ordinary OS when it works. However, it is still under development and there are no releases as yet.


Windows4All – The Silverlight based Web OS

Using Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, Windows4all is an online virtual operating system. With a Vista-like GUI and desk bar, this is for all those Windows fanatics who need to use their favourite OS on computers that do not have Windows installed.


Labelled a Webtop, this cloud OS is one of the premier services offered online, developed by Sapotek. The goal of the developers is to convert the internet into a full fledged platform for working instead of relying on hard-drive based applications. It is a playground for developers as they have released their code under AGPL license.

Google Chrome OS

Google’s highly anticipated (slated for release in 2010) cloud computing OS is still largely open to speculation as Google has not released much information since its blog post on the Chrome OS and we have reason to believe that it will be as groundbreaking as its Browser!


 The KIDO’Z Kid’s Web Environment is the safe, easy and fun way for young kids to surf their favorite sites, watch videos, play games, send emails, create and communicate without knowing how to read and write. Due to the fact there are any kids with different cultural and familiar backgrounds, this company has designed an inclusive way to satisfy a wide variety of preferences, so your kids have fun no mater where they are coming from. Download 


ZimdeskOS is your computer on the web – the entire functionality of a PC – online. There is nothing to install. A web browser and internet connection are all you need to access your desktop, files and favourite applications. You can access your data anytime from anywhere, from any PC. It has a attractive graphics and a well organized menu system. Rather than group items together in the typical Windows-style pop up menu, you can choose from office applications, internet, media, or games. Some of the games are kind of fun, and the word processor and spreadsheet applications are perfectly serviceable. The Zim Manager allows users to find and organize files, set permissions, and compress files.


As an individual desktop and storage-location for your data, atoolo.com is accessable from any computer over the world – the only requirement is access to the internet. The newly launched English version offers an ajax interface along with 1GB of storage, an address book, messenger, PostAts, a type of sticky note, and image galleries, among other things.This new awesome free online-platform combines useful tools for daily work on PC. Download  and Desktop 


Tonido allows you to access and share your content directly through a web browser without uploading or worrying about storage limits. Share files, music, photos and calendar, download torrents and even manage your finances straight from your desktop. Free. This site also provides SDK for third party developers and an application hosting infrastructure. Tonido gives you the opportunity to get an array of applications, as well as a workspace, in addition to web share a wide variety of Photos and Jukebox. 


Your desktop on the Web
* 5 GB storage & File Explorer
* Microsoft Office 2007
* Chat with your friends using Messenger


CorneliOS is an easy-to-use and cross-browser “Web Desktop Environment”, “Web Operating System” or “Web Office” and comes with a set of cool applications. CorneliOS includes a Content Management System (CMS) so that you can easily set up and manage your own website as well as a Database Management System that allows to rapidly build any kind of database application. Get CorneliOs now


Schmedley is the startpage that has so much more to offer. It is definitely the most visually appealing of the startpages out there, and their widgets, or schmidgets, are designed in a way that makes your web life so much easier. Just personalize Your Page Internet Search Image Search Weather Movies Games YouTube Google Maps Stocks Amazon RSS Clock Sticky and many more. The IM client they use is Meebo, allowing you to chat on any of the IM services out there from one convenient spot.


Formerly known as Xindesk, Cloudo is an open internet-based operating system that is written in PHP and runs the LAMP software bundle. It makes full use of the area of the browser and seamlessly integrates with the iPhone’s mobile browser. Written using open technologies, this browser based OS is high on features and usability. Currently in Public Beta, it opens to consumers very shortly.


SilveOS.com is a Silverlight operating system (called a Web OS or a Webtop or a cloud computer). It brings the convenience and comfort you know from classical desktop applications into your browser. SilveOS.com gives you a familiar work interface that looks the same whether you’re working at your home computer, or remotely from a borrowed or public computer. System hosts all of your data and applications on the web so that they are accessible from Internet browser and not tied down locally to any one. You can launch applications right away without installation and it will be executed in draggable and resizable windows. SilveOS.com is web-based and requires Silverlight 3 to operate. Application runs in Silverlight’s security sandbox. By default code is restricted from accessing your file system or doing anything that could hurt your machine. Besides desktop, taskbar, start menu and sidebar, currently it includes wide of variety of applications, including File Explorer, Internet Explorer, Video Player, Rich test editor, RSS reader, Notepad, Paint, Twitter client, Flickr viewer, Youtube viewer, Virtual Earth, Chat, Calculator, Games like Chess, Solitaire, Spider etc…

You OS

similar to other OS’s this also has the some of the advantages like Explorer and office solutions built in.

You OS

Office Of You OS

The idea is nascent but a powerful one.

Explorer for You OS

Before Discussing the upcoming and last OS, now here we come up with

JoliCloud OS/ Joli OS

Joli Cloud, located at my.jolicloud.com is based on linux operating system, has much more features then any other operating system but while counting with its plus points which are less in number one should be like to count the negatives as well

  • no similarity to linux
  • very old and historical look
  • Seems all of the applications are forcibly combined, as all of the applications included opens in a new tab.

Now comes up with the Last but Not Least, EC Dashboard X

DashBoard x (Build Version Dashboard30 updated on 08 Feb 2012)

The Only application of its kind which was debugged on different SDK’s, this Portal uses PHP, CSharp, Visual Basic, ASP.net, Phalanger, Python SDK, Ruby, Javascript and Java SDK. This is a social Networking Portal, intended to serve its members with lots of Applications like Media Portal, Contacts Manager, SMS, Fax, Paint, Photoshop Capable apps, Card Generators, Chat server, games etc etc. it hosts around 30 Applications for users and is designed with the technologies (PHP, CSharp, Visual Basic, ASP.net, Phalanger, Python SDK, Ruby, Javascript and Java SDK) keep in mind. the Dashboard serves the purposes of the applications like :-

1. Address Book

2. Online Examination system

3. Career Portal

4. Cooking Recipe

5. Control Panel

6. Shopping cart

7. Edn (E Developer Network)

8. EGames

9. QA Standards

10. Dev Standards

11. Compilers

12. Text Editors

13. Paint and editors

14. Commission

15. SMS

16. Email

17. Fax

18. Chat server

19. Card Creator

20. Background Changer

21. Roles, Profile Membership Generator

22. Media Portals

23. Photogallery

Currently the software is in Theta (means you will need to get an invitation from its Creators to use and Benefit from it) version and one should need DS Foundation Invitation to use it.

DoctoR X (Build Version DoctoR20 updated on 08 Feb 2012)

Based on the Foundation of Dashboard X, DoctoR X is the Official biography Portal for Founder of DS Foundation and its subsediaries, its a full flegded web portal, but i am really sorry one should have to get DSF invitation to see this Portal. This Project is in Theta (means you will need to get an invitation from its Creators to use and Benefit from it)

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