Computing is moving more and more to web based services, replacing desktop mainstays such as Office Suites, email clients, communicating, etc. Naturally, it wasn’t going to be long before operating system developers were going to try and integrate these services back into the core experience, and of course Google have already experimented with this in Chrome OS. Canonical is the next company trying to bring the web to the desktop with Ubuntu Web Apps
Coming in 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu Web Apps will bring such services as Gmail, eBay, Last.FM, and social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to the Desktop. The web apps can take advantage of the notification systems built into Ubuntu, and Canonical claims they will run better without having to be in a browser to begin with.
Talking at OSCON, Canonical’s ex-CEO Mark Shuttleworth revealed that Web Apps would also have access to HUD, further linking the divisive feature to more of the desktops functions, and bringing it closer to the ultimate vision of HUD. A preview of Web Apps will be coming to Ubuntu 12.04, so people can test it out before 12.10s release this October.