Top Five Web Desktops

A web desktop or webtop is a desktop environment embedded in a web browser. These web desktops provide a look and environment similar to that of Windows, Mac or a Graphical User Interface on Unix and Linux systems. The virtual desktop runs in a web browser while the applications, data files, configuration, settings etc resides remotely over the network. Though users are skeptical about the fact that data files resides remotely over the network, the convenience and mobility is mainly influencing the growth of web desktops. The increasing speed of internet is another factor influencing the use of web desktops.

Here in this post we review some popular Web Desktops that has some cool features.

1. Glide OS

Glide OS 4.0 is a comprehensive Ad-Free cloud computing solution. It not only provides you an ad-free alternative, but it also provides you more storage, more features and more control over on how you share your private information and personal files.

Glide is a free suite of rights-based productivity and collaboration applications with 30GBs of storage. You can setup and administer up to six family member accounts including child accounts from your Glide settings panel. If you want additional storage or would like to add additional users, you can upgrade to Glide Premium with 250 GBs for $50.00 a year or 20 cents per GB per year. The Glide Premium account lets you to setup and administer up to 25 users. The Glide OS provides automatic file and application compatibility across devices and operating systems. With Glide OS you also get the Glide Sync App which helps you to synchronize your home and work files. Join Glide from this link. It supports IE7, Firefox 3, Safari and Chrome browser.


2. eyeos

eyeos was founded as an Open Source project in August 2005 and two years later, the eyeos company was created to provide eyeos services around the world. Today eyeos is both an Open Source project which has not stopped growing since it was released. eyeos is the Open Source Cloud Computing’s Web Desktop. Depending of the usage and the needs of the user, eyeos is divided into personal usage, developers, education and public administrations.

Personal usage – The client must have only a web browser to work with eyeos and all its applications, including Office and PIM ones.

For Developer – eyeos provides a toolkit to create new applications easily. You can also use eyeDesigner to design them initially.

For education – eyeos can provide schools and universities with a full web platform where students, teachers and parents will have a personal yet collaborative desktop to work and, communicate between themselves and get organized inside and outside the school.

For Public Administrations – With a private server, eyeos can provide city councils, public library networks, free Internet points and other public environments the perfect. You can join here and check the features it provides. It supports IE6/7/8, Firefox2/3, Safari, Opera and Chrome browser.


3. Ghost

The Ghost Cloud Computing comes in three flavors, Ghost Personal, Ghost Personal and Ghost Enterprise.

Ghost Personal is your own personal hard disk on the Internet. Ghost Business and Ghost Enterprise provides a business file server and/or employee personal file storage as a secure service with web applications ready for working over the Internet.

Ghost is hosted in’s famous data center allowing you to store your folders and files across the Internet as easily as you would on your local hard disk (C: drive) or on a USB Flash drive. But your Ghost is available from any computer or mobile phone in the world, never crashes or gets lost. You can access your Ghost in the following ways:

  • Web portal – a web page where tools from Ghost and their partners allow you to view, edit and share your files easily and quickly
  • Mounting as a drive on Windows – e.g. your Ghost can be mounted as a G: drive on Windows and used just like the local C: drive.

You can signup and checkout the features here.

It supports IE6+, Firefox2+, Safari. Partial: Chrome and Opera browsers.


4. MyGoya

myGoya is an online operating system with no installation required and can be accessed anywhere. You can access your desktop from any computer that has an internet connection by using myGoya. With myGoya you have the following advantages:

  • Its like having your hard drive on the web
  • All your data can be saved directly online, always secure, and accessible any time
  • myGoya includes, file manager, calendar, mail management, flickr widget, chat box and more

Try the free sign-up here


5. StartForce

Startforce is the leading provider of Web Desktop services used by businesses of all sizes around the world. With Startforce, you can run Windows apps such as MS Office, Adobe Acrobat and Quickbooks. You can also stitch in web apps such as, Google or your company’s intranet web apps. It also has developed a handful of Startforce native apps such as Email and Calendar. The combination of Windows Apps, Web Apps, and Startforce Apps makes Startforce Web Desktop the most comprehensive and functional virtual desktop solution on the market. Complete features available here.



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