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Get your own virtual computer from G.ho.st

Fancy a free, web-based Virtual Computer? You just log-in to it from your web browser, and there is your desktop, waiting to go to work for you?

I’ve played with quite a few of these types of services over the years. I’ve always liked the idea of having my desktop and my ‘data’ in the sky, so I can always get to it wherever I am and from whatever device or utility I choose.

Google Apps has delivered some of this. I like the fact I can get on the plane in London and off the plane in San Francisco 10 hours away and still have access to exactly the same data from my mobile, my iPhone, my laptop and so on.

I really do like the idea of having all my tools online and ready to use at the touch of the button. So when i came across G.ho.st, I had to stop and take a look. Pronounced ‘Ghost’, it’s one of the most annoying yet gifted URLs I’ve ever seen.

geee – dot – hohhhh – dot – sssssst… probably quite memorable but entirely confusing for your normobs.

Login to Ghost and you get your own desktop within the browser (including lots of different apps, Zoho Office and so on) — everything is hosted on Amazon so your data is safe and secure. A Last.fm client immediately started playing some Eric Clapton as I had a look around. Very smart. You could, I suspect, do a day’s work from it.

“The Windows/Mac model is broken,” says the G.ho.st CEO on their introductory video. I like it. He goes on to ask why we should have to arse about installing applications.

“Hello, there’s an internet now!”

Indeed. I like the concept. I reeeeally like it. There’s a mobile angle too. They recently launched Ghost Mobile which gives you a lightweight interface into your virtual computer.

Alas when I tried accessing http://g.ho.st on my 1st Generation iPhone and my Nokia E90, I was given the main large site and not the mobile version. So there are still a few bugs around the place.

My suggestion? Get an account and poke about with it. It’s free and it’s the first in a next generation of services worthy of your attention.

Get your own free account here: http://g.ho.st/.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

10 replies on “Get your own virtual computer from G.ho.st”

Idea is nice. Screenshots look good too. This can be used on some cheap UMPC's at some point even.

Here's a problem with getting this adopted across the board any time soon though – a team of ten, twenty or even hundred will not get you a good platform/API, solid e-mail client, browser, IM app, office client, etc, etc, etc. They can only do as much… And users like variety.

If there's no adoption, there's no developer interest, if there's no developer interest there's no adoption (think Windows, iPhone). Would Microsoft, Apple or Google buy them out at some point? That remains to be answered..

Thanks for the review – well at least our URL is short and original 🙂

If it doesn’t redirect immediately you can open G.ho.st on your mobile using http://G.ho.st/m – you have to sign up from the full browser first.

Watch out for many improvements including a big speed-up soon

Zvi

Alex

The good news is we have a team of 40 and G.ho.est DOES NOT develop our own apps like other web desktops do – we have embedded best-of-breed Web apps like Google Docs, Yahoo! Zimbra, ILoveIM, Zoho and other leading Web apps!

Zvi

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