A quick thought hit me as I was reading some posts on different operating systems… It will matter less and less what OS you choose. Here’s why…
I do most of my computing online or “in the cloud.” I imagine many of you do also.
Google Docs, Zoho, and Office (soon) all have terrific online suites that do word processing, spreadsheets,
PowerPoints presentations, etc. My files, docs, pictures, videos all can live online. This means I am no longer tied to one computer and if it gets lost/stolen no big deal.
My communication: email, instant messenger, social media, all online of course. Research, banking, news, TV, movies all are trending towards being provided entirely online. Gaming is even joining, although not to a great extent yet.
Here is the point, these are all browser-centric activities. Whether you are using Windows, Mac, or Linux, it will matter less and less.
Where the real magic and innovation needs to happen is in the browser. This is evidenced by the fact that the so-called “browser wars” are starting to heat up.
My powerhouse of choice, Firefox, has been a leading the battle. Chrome has made a justly deserved big splash recently. (it is very fast I must say. If it had FF’s add-ons I’d be all over it) Internet Explorer 8 also was recently released.
Browsers that are faster, more stable, more compatible, and more innovative (game-changing) are going to be the one(s) that win.
TechCrunch has almost pulled together their tablet which is a lightweight computer that only runs a browser. Do they see it coming?
I think we are moving towards the browser really taking center stage. It is the “OS” of the future!
Have I been staring at a screen too long? Agree or disagree, give me flame in the comments!