After two previously mentioned services, I'd like to add another web desktop provider to the "list". A German company well-known for developing advanced audio and video editing software decided to offer their own "portable desktop" to those who register for free on their website.
I've tried it myself and I can honestly say it looks promising, although it's still a beta version. Magix's applications are very stylish and pleasant and this free service doesn't make any exception to that rule.
After creating a free account at myGOYA and signing in using the https protocol you can see an overview of your virtual system drawing up how many messages / e-mails / contacts / calendar records you got and free space available on the web hard drive. MyGOYA provides 512 MB free space for e-mails and the same amount for all other data again. Should be quite sufficient for a light-weight and portable operating system.
After firing up the virtual system, which takes just few seconds, you can do many things that you'd be able to do on your own system like storing files, managing e-mails and contacts using built-in client, chatting with other users, planning events with a calendar, playing media files, scheduling tasks and so forth.
The system is also connected with other Magix's free services like photo album, website/blog maker etc, creating a huge complex of services and tools that you can use along with the virtual desktop itself. Widget support with 4 widgets at present could become more relevant if there are more of them in the future.
The last feature I wouldn't like to forget is related to the "tab mania". Rather then being solid and permanent, each desktop is in fact a tab that you can close whenever you like or create a new tab - desktop whenever you need.
Another web-based desktop environment fills in the collection of services of this kind. Using the solution from Magix is fast and simple and it might get pretty popular when all minor bugs (usually German / English translation) are fixed.
There aren't really a lot of information about the requirements but I was able to access myGOYA with Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera.
Update: MyGoya has been discontinued as of 31.07.2012.Advertisement
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