The team at Canonical has impressed us in the past when they announced they were going to make possible the use of Ubuntu on tablets and smartphones. Now, Canonical has announced the Web Apps for the upcoming Ubuntu 12.0, a somehow similar function to the one already existing on the Chrome OS. Canonical wants to bring web apps closer to your reach, converting their use from bookmarks to desktop apps.
We’re living times that are more and more web connected, and Google’s recent Web Lab museum seems to suggest exactly that. That’s why Canonical decision to make web apps act as any other apps that are inside your operating system is just a trendy move. By launching Web Apps for Ubuntu, Canonical wants to join the desktop and the online experience. Here are some examples of web apps that you’ll be able to use in the next version of Ubuntu:
Web Apps for Ubuntu joins the online and the desktop experience
But you should be able to add even more web apps, if the websites or web apps you’ll be using will have an Ubuntu correspondent variant. Basically, the web apps will be integrated on your launcher and upon opening, they will take the form of windows. There is also promise that such functions as getting Gmail alerts will be possible. This option is that you should really add on your list of awesome Ubuntu tips and tricks.
Here’s what the team at Canonical had to say about Web Apps on Ubuntu:
That makes Ubuntu the best platform for the web – secure, fast and lightweight. This new feature is part of our drive to make the web a first class part of Ubuntu. We’ve already turned 40 popular web sites into Ubuntu Web Apps and there are plenty more on the way. It’s easy to integrate your favourite website or interface natively into the desktop, and share the result with all Ubuntu users. No other OS has come close to this level of integration between the web and desktop.
Therefore, besides the aforementioned uber-popular services, there are 40 more for you to explore, if you’re an Ubuntu, and not Windows or Mac user. At the moment, the browser used by default is Firefox, but Canonical has promised support for Chrome is incoming. Those of you that work most of the day online and use Ubuntu will find this update to be highly beneficial albeit there are some voices that are skeptical about this and don’t find it to be that productive.
And Web Apps isn’t something new, as in the past there was Mozilla’s Prism or Microsoft’s Active Desktop technology, plus there is still the Chromium Embedded platform. From my own point of view, and from the consumer, non-geeky position, mixing the desktop with the web experience in such a way can only be praised. What geeks can criticise Canonical for is the slight shift away from open source technologies.