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March 12, 2007

New Web OS to Become a Platform for Developers

I've just read the press release of a Swedish company called Xcerion, that will soon launch a "web operating system". The OS seems to incorporate every idea people expected to see it coming from Google:
The company has since its inception 2001 been in "stealth mode" and developed a revolutionary OS that changes how software is distributed, sold and developed. CEO, Daniel Arthursson says that the OS will enable the long tail business for software and provide an alternative for consumers and small businesses world-wide that are seeking a simpler, cheaper and more effective way of everyday computing. (...) Xcerion especially hopes to give people that cannot afford to buy expensive, licensed software a viable alternative. New low-cost and thin computers may also be possible to produce running Xcerion Internet OS (XIOS) on top of a stripped down Linux. (...)

During the next three years Xcerion expects to deliver hundreds of applications running on the OS – most of them for free. Mr. Arthursson says that the goal is not to reproduce all the functionality of current software – our aim is software for the masses and they often only need 40-50% of the functionality of today's software. The massive amount of applications that will be delivered is possible due to Xcerions unique technology platform and its underlying operating system (XIOS – Xcerion Internet OS) - a research and development project that has been going on for five years. The OS enables Xcerion and its partners to develop applications in XML that are visually orchestrated without any programming. (...)

The secret is data centers that scales to millions of users and an OS with zero-footprint, zero installation that also runs on top of today's popular operating systems. The OS is delivered as a dynamic service over the Internet. This approach makes the cost for supplying software extremely low per user and also solves many problems like virus threats, backups and having to install upgrades and patches.

The company, that has two former Microsoft employees as investors, promises to launch the "operating system" in the third quarter of 2007 and seems very confident about the future:

"Xcerion believes in the future of Internet self-service applications. Applications will move from the traditional desktop into the cloud and become available for free with added benefits of the dynamics of the Internet, like collaboration and social networking. We have the technology platform to create Web 2.0 applications faster, cheaper, more scalable and richer than anyone else."

Unlike Google, the company wants to open their "operating system" to developers, who will receive a share of the revenue obtained from the applications built by them. As reported by eWeek, "Xcerion is creating an online marketplace for finding, buying and selling software to enable a 'long tail' business for software by creating a new economy cluster with an online community, entrepreneurs and corporations. The service is targeted at consumers and small and midsize businesses."

There are already many "Internet operating systems" that run from the browser and replace some of the functionality of desktop software, but their performance fails to impress. Google also builds an "operating system", but most of its pieces are yet to be integrated.

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