Saturday, March 8, 2008

EyeOS ! Is it anything more than EyeCandy?

EyeOS Professional Services has released this Browser based OS called EyeOS. Check the Demo at :

From the site :

eyeOS was thought as a new definition of Operating System, where everything inside it can be accessed from everywhere in a Network. All need to do is to login into your eyeOS server with a normal Internet Browser, and access your personal or corporate desktop, with your applications, documents and files... just like you left it last time.

eyeOS comes with a preloaded suite of applications, some for private use, like the file manager, a word processor, a music player, calendar, notepad or contacts manager. There are also some groupware applications, such as a group manager, a file sharing application, a group board and many more.

I am finding it difficult to comprehend why anyone would want to use this. Wasnt RemoteDesktop over VPN good enough?

This kind of technology opens a can of security worms. First of all, this is browser based and anyone can login from anywhere. So if a users account is compromised because he was logging into his company eyeOS server from a cybercafe, the companies data is at threat. Secondly, why would anyone want to leave word and excel and use applications provided by them? Or for that matter, why would anyone using Google Docs want to use this technology? I find it difficult to find the true value proposition in this product.

The idea is nevertheless neat.