YouOS is a collaborative web operating system. It enables people make use of diverse web applications within a web browser, giving the user an impression that one is accessing the desktop applications. Some of these applications include instant messaging, word processing and mp3 playback. The website serves as a platform for both the application developers and application users. For the former, it provides tools to develop the application and measure its performance. For the users, it is a means for accessing the displayed applications and use them in managing files, accounts keeping in touch with friends. This is possible with just logging in and out of the YouOS account. The software is presently in an alpha stage. The applications offered include YouBuddy (Buddy list application), YouEditor (rich text editor), YouFeeds (feed aggregator), YouSticky (persistent sticky notes), YouShell (command line interpreter) and YouProc (processes manager). However, full functionalities of a desktop are yet to be introduced because of the limitation of the browser. 3D graphics cannot be put easily. Its developers claim that it has been used by a number of fortune 5oo companies and they hope to change the way world interacts with computers.Show more screenshots »
The idea was conceived by four San Francisco bay area developers, Jeff Mellen, Joe Wong, Sam Hsiung and Srini Panguluri in December 2005. The site is materialized in 2006 and the company is presently based in USA. The site currently is in its initial phase and it hopes to gain a substantial user base in near future.
This application works on a standard format, therefore does not have much different to offer to its users. However, it outwits the competitors for the large number of features it provides to a logged in person. The presentation needs revision. No attractive logo or animations have been used, unlike the rivals. On the whole, popularity of this website can be attributed to the umpteen features it gives to the account holders; however attractiveness is something to be worked on.
The website has an average appearance. The features offered on creation of the account are ample in number but the organization is not up to the mark. At times, information seems scattered. The homepage has the usual and obvious options- Login, about us, blog, forum, FAQ and contact us on the bottom of the page. Neither the options differ from others nor is their presentation anything to write home about. It appears that the use of colors has been done without much consideration to aesthetic appeal. Black and red have been used on a white background. In addition, it operates slowly as compared to its competitors. However, advertisements do not trouble much.
YouOS asks for the e-mail address apart from the other usual information like username, password. It is provided free of cost. Neither the e-mail address given by the user needs to be verified nor are any details of credit card asked for. The account one creates has a number of small dialog boxes like, Youchat, Youapps FlickRSS and Youwelcome on the log in page. The registration often gets blocked for no apparent reason. Logging out takes a long time.
No fee is charges from the users at the time of registration and for using the site. Revenue comes from advertisements posted on the pages. For instance, home page has an ad for a magazine, PC World.
This website is of use to those who are looking for a better tool to manage their digital life. With the increasing ‘digitalization’ of lives the application is creeping into the way things operate. By creating an account on this website, one can have an online virtual desktop which can be accessed from any place via internet. The current users include professional software engineers to high-school-age programmers.