"internet operating system" entries

Cloud computing saves L.A. millions in IT costs

Los Angeles CTO Randi Levin on why her city moved into Google's cloud.

Nobody will end up with a completely SaaS model, says Randi Levin, at least not in the next couple of years. "What I do see is that most organizations are going to end up in a hybrid world where you have some on-site infrastructure; you have some hosted infrastructure, and you have some SaaS."

Mobile operating systems and browsers are headed in opposite directions

As the mobile OS market fragments, mobile browsers are consolidating

It's striking to see the different trajectories mobile operating systems are on when compared to the mobile web. The OS landscape is fragmenting as mobile browsers consolidate around WebKit. In 2006, two smartphone operating systems accounted for 81 percent of the market. Today no single operating system has more than 50 percent marketshare. Unlike mobile operating systems, mobile browsers were fragmented a few years ago. Today, every mobile browser is moving toward HTML5 support, if it isn't there already.

Why check-ins and like buttons will change the local landscape

Map pins and Yellow Pages aren't as fascinating as valuable connections.

It's time to put the bother of business listings management behind us so we can get on with what's really exciting about local: connecting consumers with businesses they love, and providing genuine value to both.

State of the Internet Operating System Part Two: Handicapping the Internet Platform Wars

As I wrote last month, it is becoming increasingly clear that the internet is becoming not just a platform, but an operating system, an operating system that manages access by devices such as personal computers, phones, and other personal electronics to cloud subsystems ranging from computation, storage, and communications to location, identity, social graph, search, and payment. The question is whether a single company will put together a single, vertically-integrated platform that is sufficiently compelling to developers to enable the kind of lock-in we saw during the personal computer era, or whether, Internet-style, we will instead see services from multiple providers horizontally integrated via open standards.

Preparing for the realtime web

How the shift to realtime will affect the web (and why info overload is overblown).

The stream of updates and links that powers the realtime web is giving static websites a run for their money. In this Q&A, "Building the Realtime User Experience" author Ted Roden discusses the impact of the realtime web on developers and users.

What will the browser look like in five years?

Opera's Charles McCathieNevile on the web browser's near-term future.

The web browser was just another computer application five years ago. Now, it's become not just a portal to the Internet, but an application hub as well. In this Q&A, Opera's Charles McCathieNevile looks ahead to the web browser's next five years.

Thoughts from the front lines of payment's big shift

The CEO of Rentalic, winner of the the PayPal X Developer Challenge, looks at the future of payment

By nature of his company's first-place win in the PayPal X Developer Challenge, Rentalic CEO Punsri Abeywickrema has a unique vantage point in the payment world. In this short Q&A, Abeywickrema discusses the current and future state of payment and the role startups will play in shaping that landscape.

The State of the Internet Operating System

Ask yourself for a moment, what is the operating system of a Google or Bing search? What is the operating system of a mobile phone call? What is the operating system of maps and directions on your phone? What is the operating system of a tweet? I’ve been talking for years about “the internet operating system“, but I realized I’ve never written an extended post to define what I think it is, where it is going, and the choices we face. This is that missing post.

A Prism for Jolicloud: Web-Centric Desktop Apps

I recently bought a netbook and installed Jolicloud, a Linux/Ubuntu distro designed as a replacement for, or companion to, Windows. Jolicloud was a revelation, something fresh and new in the seemingly snail-paced world of desktop computing. The bold idea of Jolicloud is that the browser is the operating system. It's all you need and you don't need to even think…