What’s the point of using an online desktop? They still require you to have your own desktop physically. I really didn’t see any use of these online desktops until the concept cloud has become popular. With the launch of Chromebook, the thought of “Keeping everything in the Cloud” has become even more popular. The another advantage i could see here is, one can access few applications (not websites) even if they are not allowed or blocked in their corporate network or by their ISP.
ZeroPC is an online desktop that aims to replace your computer desktop in-fact it turns your browser into a PC. It is a powerful Content Navigator for the Cloud that helps you regain control of your digital content that has become scattered across multiple Web services and social sites. ZeroPC is useful if you are using a desktop-less PC, like the Chromebook, iPad or Android tablet. It provides the most comprehensive and functional desktop in the cloud with its rich combination of supported web, Local apps. Since it works right from your browser, you don’t need to install any other software. Using ZeroPC’s account manager tool, you can easily sign-in and access many popular Web services such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and more, and Web storage providers like Google Docs, Box.net and SugarSync. It uses OAuth framework to authenticate your accounts on those social sites, so you don’t need to provide your password to ZeroPC. The ‘drag & drop’ process makes it super easy to copy and paste content from one service to another. For example, you can copy files from GoogleDocs to Box.net, or copy photos from Facebook to Flickr.
Windows like GUI
You just need to create your account with your email id. Once you have created an account and logged in, you will be greeted with a familiar windows like interface. It doesn’t matter if you access it from Windows, Mac or Linux. Since the tool is using some feature from the Java (applets) your browser must have the JRE plugin installed.
Your virtual online desktop by default comes with few applications. There is also a provision to access your local applications from the online desktop. By default it recognizes few local apps like Firefox, Chrome, Notepad, Paint, Wordpad and Internet Explorer. Of-course you can add any number of local apps to your online desktop menu. It also had few required programs like Bulk Uploader, Cloud Backup, Cloud Dashboard, File Explorer, Messenger, Text Editor, ThinkFree Office suite and one Web Browser Lite. It also has an audio player and video player.
You can connect to all your favorite social sites right from your ZeroPC desktop. The social accounts that are currently supported by ZeroPC includes
- Picasa Web Albums
- Sky Drive
No installation is required, however you need to sign in for an online account.
- Go to the Signup page, register
- Login into your ZeroPC account using your email id and password
- Click on the Accounts Manager icon and enter your login credential for various services like Facebook, Flickr, Google, Box.net, etc..
- Enjoy a truly integrated social desktop experience in minutes
A browser with Java plugin installed
For PC – No Download
For iPad – iPad app
For Android – Android tablet
Watch the demo video from ZeroPC