Tuesday, April 04, 2006

"Web Desktop" and ALE

It seems like the whole Web 2.0 world goes faster and faster towards creation of a “Web Desktop”. All basic desktop applications are already there, for example:

One thing missing from this “Web Desktop” equation is application integration. On Windows I can easily embed images into spreadsheets, spreadsheets and images into documents and so on. Web 2.0 applications were missing this functionality – but now Zimbra came with a solution for this problem, called ALE (Ajax Linking and Embedding).

I think this is a very important, even fundamental step in the development of Web 2.0 and “Web Desktop”, and I am sure that the new generation of web applications, utilizing ALE, will appear soon, and will begin competing with the traditional office desktop applications. (And I want to play with this cool new technology too!)

Great job, guys at Zimbra! Technorati tags: , ,,

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Zimbra Rocks

Dmitriy Kropivnitskiy said...

Well, this is all pretty cool, but I am a bit wary about the whole trend. Already people argue that a webmail account is much more useful then a regular e-mail client. I can see the lure, with AJAX-powered interfaces like gmail it is no longer the pain it used to be at the start of webmail rise, it is accessible from virtually any computer anywhere, if your hard drive crashes your mail stays intact etc. All the advantages are very easy to see and love. The dangers, on the other hand, are almost invisible and difficult to appreciate. Lets take gmail for example. It is possible of course that google is the new Ford and will stay around for centuries to come. Possible, but no likely. Not because I don't like google, but just because of the fast and unstable nature of the current times. So, what happens, if google decides to sell its customer's email to teh highest bidder? Right, class action suit. But what happens, if google goes bankrupt and dies? As far as I know, in such cases, all the property owned by the company goes to cover the debts. And a few dozen terabytes of email from all over the world definitely has some value in it. Oh, but email is childs games, compared to a completely web-based desktops. Tax records? Personal financial information? Medical information? Will it be all stored on some server somewhere protected from curious eyes only by some sort of "Terms of Service" agreement? Probably yes.

Dmitriy Kropivnitskiy said...

On the side note. Any particular reason you choose blogger.com for this?

Aleksey Linetskiy said...

Well, I 100% agree with the potential dangers you mention - and, probably, there are hundreds other dangers. The current state of the software is definitely not ready for complete switch to "Web desktop" - at least for me. But having "limited" version of desktop handy and being able to work on your stuff at any location is great.

And as for "personal data security"... Well, your - and mine - data currently is stored on many servers. I would even say that my most sensitive data resides on the servers of IRS, medical insurance, DMV, bank etc - but not on my desktop. That doesn't mean that the issues you are talking about shouldn't be addressed, of course. I think that encrypting the private data on the servers might be one of the solutions...

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