A New Top 20 Chrome Web Store App – Guess What – It’s Jolicloud!
Since the opening of the Chrome Web Store, there have been very few changes with the Top 20 Apps as measured by user popularity. In fact, for the three months since the store opened the Top 20 has seen only 6 new apps have entered the ranks. The latest entrant is sure to shake some heads – Jolicloud.
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*Chrome Browser includes Entanglement and Poppit,they are excluded from this list
"Jolicloud is the portable HTML5 desktop that you can take with you on all your devices. It’s the easiest way to connect to your favorite Web services, Dropbox files and friends wherever you go. With our Chrome Webapp, you can finally experience the beauty of Jolicloud on all your devices – with or without Jolicloud OS." This is Jolicloud’s description of their web app.
"The ‘Joli OS’ operating system is an Ubuntu-based Linux operating system … tweaked for netbooks and other computers with limited disk storage, memory and screen size…" – says Wikipedia.
If you are a Chrome fan these descriptions sound quite familiar. A diplomat would say that the Joli people and the Chrome folks share a similar vision. After all, Wikipedia describes the Google Chrome OS as a "a Linux operating system to work with web applications… on specific hardware…". A St. Patrick day partier may ask "What’s the bloody difference between the two?".
At this point in time, it is difficult to distinguish where the Joli OS will differ from the Chrome OS. Both will rely on the cloud, feature speed and simplicity, and are starting out in the netbook/notebook space. Joli publicly has revealed $4.2 million in capital funding which is lost in rounding on Google balance sheets. So what’s Joli to do?
What Joli has done is release an app on the Chrome Web Store. As you can see, it’s doing quite well.
What does it mean you ask? Recently I was troubleshooting a friends Windows computer via LogMeIn’s wonderful tunneling program. For those not familiar with LogMeIn, it’s software that allows remote operation of a computer over the internet. My friend’s computer is about a thousand miles away. Along the way, a password was needed from a third machine. Thus a situation arose where the remote computer was used to tunnel to yet a third machine. Needless to say, things got a little hairy when a window was maximized. Was it maximized on the home machine, the middle machine, or the third machine?
That’s what the Jolicloud apps popularity on the Chrome Web Store feels like. Will Chrome respond by creating an app that thrives in the Joli OS space?
For certain, Joli and Google Chrome do share a vision with cloud based computing. Check back here at ChromeOSApps.org to see if Jolicloud continues to thrive as a web app.