When Tim O’Reilly and others began using the term “Web OS” (or sometimes Internet Operating System) to talk about the evolving landscape of companies and web services, I was skeptical.
I’ve been skeptical for a long time and convinced that it’s not going to happen on anywhere near the time scale that many people seem to think it will.
Take a minute and think about the language that Daniel used there. It the exact same sort of complaint you might have heard 5 or 10 years ago about a desktop application. “Is CoolNewGame compatible with my Mac?”
That’s what opened my eyes. I had always been thinking about a Web OS from the point of view of a software developer–someone who sees many of the problems inherent in making Tim’s vision into reality. And that’s even before trying to get users to understand what it means.
In fact, I never stopped to think about how, if, or when “normal” users might start to think about web sites (or services) in the same terms. I just assumed that would need to happen “later.”
Apparently that has already begun to happen.