I wrote wrote a post last week about online desktops and gave what was in my opinion, the best three of the bunch.
Some of you where pretty interested in the topic and there where a few debates in the comments over which was the best, so I’ve decided I’ll share a list of every online OS that I have found up to now.
Update: Most of the virtual desktop environments listed below are no longer available. We have removed links pointing to solutions that were acquired, shut down or abandoned.
Since last week I have discovered one Webtop which is worthy of a special mention- iCloud. You’ll need an invite to access the iCloud beta, but apply and it’s likely you’ll receive it within a couple hours.
iCloud comes with a UI that is well designed and varies a little more then the other Windows clones. It also comes with some very handy applications, check it out.
- MyDesk -- online desktop, not free.
- Amazon Workspaces
- Psych Desktop
- Virtual Desktop Online - Not free, starts at $24.95 per month. Basic plan comes with Windows Server 2012, Open Office Metro Interface.
- CloudMyOffice -- Remote desktop access, not free starting at $25 per user per month.
No longer available:
- Online Operating System
- Purefect Desktop
- Ulteo - comes with Firefox, OpenOffice, Skype, Thunderbird, Gimp and many other programs.
- Onlive Desktop - Access a Windows Pc in the cloud. Comes with Microsoft Office among other programs.
If I have missed any let me know.
Update: As you can see, many online desktops that we have listed here in this article in 2008 are no longer available. About half of the desktops have been discontinued while others may now offer a different service to users visiting the website.
The online desktops listed above are all working as of December 2012. They all make available a desktop environment that you can use for a variety of operations like opening Office documents, accessing media or checking your latest Twitter messages or RSS feed news.
We have added new online desktop services to the list, and added descriptions to them so that you know what each offers, and if a free version is available or not.