Increasingly, I spend most of my time on the computer in a browser. Okay, almost all of my time is in a browser, and even when it’s not, I usually wish it was. (I’m saddled with Lotus Notes at the office, and I really would love to just have a good webmail interface in its place.) Aside from Notes, I use Visio frequently and occasionally Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Of course, in my personal computing world, I need iTunes for my iPod. I also use Picassa for my photos.
Word, Excel and Powerpoint could easily be replaced by google docs. Easily, except for concerns about corporate security. Visio, that’s a challenge, and the iTunes/iPod issue could not be replaced – though pandora streamed to the blackberry is an alternative.
I’ve been following the development of Chromium OS/ChromeOS since I first heard about it. Only a year ago, I was starting to think, I really just need a computer that boots into a browser. As this becomes a very real possibility, I’m beginning to wonder if I actually could do most of my computing with a browser-based OS?
I’m not sure if I will be able to live with cloud computing, but I’m very interested to see what happens in the space, and how it changes the way we compute.