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As we we're waiting for Google to launch its own Google OS (if the rumours are true, of course), I've checked out 10 web operating systems and what they can do. Not many of them feel like finished and fully usable products, but there are some true gems among them.
Admit it: you didn't think there were that many WebOSes around, did you?

Neither did I. You can find month or two old articles on the web which talk about a WebOS as a recently forged concept, yet to be realized. YouOS was practically the only one that had media coverage, so when I began the research for this article, I hoped to find five usable WebOS applications at best.

I was wrong. There are over 10 fully functional WebOS applications out there, and a couple more that are announced or in closed betas.

But what is a WebOS (not to be confused with another definition of the term, see here), or a Webtop , anyway ? Here's a simple definition: WebOS is a virtual operating system that runs in your web browser . More precisely, it's a set of applications running in a web browser that together mimic, replace or largely supplement a desktop OS environment. It's a tough field to start in for a Web 2.0 entrepreneur, because to be successful you need to create several applications that are at least as good as other competitors, and you need to connect them all into a usable bundle. What's also expected by most users is that all this looks decent, operates similarly to a "real" OS and behaves as a real "OS" would, and is relatively bug-free. Simply put, to gain real everyday users, your WebOS has to be damn good . We'll see how these newcomers fare in the following months and when (and if) some big giant like Google decides to create their own WebOS.



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