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By Ben Rooney A service that brings together all of your music, your photographs, all your social messages, just about everything that makes up your digital life, no matter where they are stored, was announced Thursday at the Dublin Web Summit. Jolicloud founder Tariq Krim unveiled what he christened the “personal cloud” in front of an audience of 600 developers, entrepreneurs and VCs. One of the problems for many of us is that our personal data is spread across many different services. You may have pictures stored on your local disc, on Flickr, on Facebook, on Picasa, on Instagram. Or you may have documents with Evernote, Dropbox and Google.
It’s been roughly a year since Jolicloud ‘s alpha release and the company founded by Netvibes founder, Tariq Krim , has just launched Jolicloud 1.0 to the public. The iPhonesque open source OS oriented towards netbooks has more than just an incredibly sexy interface, with an App Store-like selection of over 700 apps (going on 1,000 before the end of the year) – giving users access to everything from Spotify to DropBox in a simple click. Jolicloud has also blended in a bit of social, allowing users a practical way to discover the best applications out there according to what their friends download and rate. Does that mean that the days of the unused Windows desktop icons are over ? Even better, users with the “Anywhere OS” installed on multiple computers automatically have access to all their applications and from whatever machine they’re on – definitely practical for when you are also transfering all your data entirely from one computer to another. Gotta love the cloud.
During his presentation at next10 today in Berlin, Jolicloud founder and CEO Tariq Krim talked up the move to HTML5 (via Google’s Chrome browser engine) and indicated that the company’s netbook OS will open up to 3rd party developers within a couple of weeks. Krim has garnered a lot of attention for the free cloud-based operating system, which recently exited beta. To keep up with the latest industry trends, Jolicloud is in the process of moving their entire system to HTML5, which Krim describes as a “virus that will spread over all browsers and platforms”.