As Internet connections become more permanent with broadband access, software will develop into more efficient and personalized media. At present, most software runs from our hard drive and requires installation that changes our system configuration, repeatedly slowing down our computer. Because software occupies space and processing power, there are a number of software that can be run on our PC. On the business side, current software systems require many companies to produce a distribution system (Compac Disc), customer support, and are usually not compatible with all customers, thus limiting their customer base even further.
Software evolution is happening and will be very beneficial for customers and businesses. The software will no longer come as a package that needs to be installed on a PC, but will be entirely Web-based. Web-based software will become a standard way to reach customers. Customers will get benefits such as, using unlimited amounts of software, using applications regardless of where that person or computer is used for, the software can be personalized and enhanced to meet specific needs for each individual. Businesses will be able to, reduce costs, reach larger customer groups, use their software for various markets, fix bugs faster and easier, understand their customers and how they use their software, etc.
For this software revolution to take place as a whole, there needs to be a focal point. Like Miscrosofts DOS in the 80s, which became the standard operating system choice for centralizing and managing our computer operations, there needed to be an online operating system. Until now, Microsoft has built an empire because of its vision and their dominance in the OS market. However, now there is a window of opportunity to take a large part of the empire and possibly eliminate Microsoft’s monopoly on the Operating System. Although there are many companies and organizations (Apple, Linux, Lindows) out there trying to bite Microsoft by competing in the same area, PC users are accustomed to Windows and will most likely not switch. The opportunity to eliminate this monopoly is to create an Online Operating System. PC users will definitely move fully online.
The Online Operating System will be the focal point of every user in the future. There are online companies that have advantages in this regard, such as Yahoo !, Google, and AOL, but can be anyone’s medal, even to unknown competitors, like Microsoft when they introduce DOS to the world. In this new Operating System concept, there may be greater diversity space and can be shared by more companies, unlike the current status.