Me: What is WorldDesk all about? How do people use WorldDesk?
Kieran: WorldDesk is a cloud and desktop virtualization platform that frees all aspects of a user’s Microsoft Windows workspace from the underlying OS and device. The technology allows the free movement of a user’s apps, files and profile between devices, truly letting you take your world with you. The guys current focus is making your Windows desktop truly mobile without comprising on performance. There is however plans to roll-out across other OS platforms soon.
A couple of weeks ago they launched in 64-bit and received quite a bit of coverage on the back of it: as you will see from the piece, WorldDesk in 64-bit will allow all Windows 7 users to carry their personalised desktop around on any device, from a simple USB drive to a smartphone or iPod. This latest release also allows users to store and deploy their desktop in the cloud using Dropbox.
Me: Who can benefit from using WorldDesk?
Kieran: For us, the features that will keep people coming back for more is the fact that WorldDesk allows users to not only access their files on any machine but their entire personalized desktop–including all their settings and significantly, their applications.
Our unique platform allows users to carry their personalised desktop around on any device, from a simple USB drive to a smartphone or iPod. And not just that, in February we launched a beta cloud-based desktop delivery platform leveraging Dropbox. The deployment of WorldDesk via Dropbox means users can access and store their desktop in the cloud. Both features have proved very popular.
WorldDesk in 64-bit (released this week) will allow all Windows 7 users to carry their personalised desktop around on any device, from a simple USB drive to a smartphone or iPod. This latest release also allows users to store and deploy their desktop in the cloud using Dropbox.
WorldDesk benefits both individual users and enterprises who need to make their desktop experience mobile.
Me: How much does it cost to use WorldDesk?
Kieran: The current beta version of WorldDesk for individual users is available to download now, for free.
Me: What platforms does WorldDesk work on?
Kieran: With our most recent launch we now support every version of Windows 7 which accounts for over a third of the worldwide OS market share and over half of the PCs running it do so in 64-bit mode. Not surprisingly it has been the number one feature request for us in 2012. We now also support a raft of new applications that are written specifically for 64-bit.
We see the most recent release as a nice stepping stone into Windows 8. We support already Windows XP and expect to have Windows 8 version shortly after their general release. And we also have internal demos on Android.
Me: What about WorldDesk are you most proud of?
Kieran: When we started WorlDesk, it was because it had become clear to me that mobility would be a defining movement in computing in the coming decades. Solving the challenge of ‘decoupling’ the Windows workspace or desktop would have massive implications for flexibility and mobility, both for individual end-users and enterprise.
The vision for WorldDesk was to create a technology that would allow for the free movement of apps, files and a user’s profile between devices. We wanted to create a platform that would truly let you take your world with you. We are very proud of what we have developed and where we are to date.
WorldDesk is a very unique offering. Other online desktop / apps vendors, such as OnLive and CloudOn, would have the same focus as WorldDesk. These models are similar to VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) companies in the Desktop Virtualization/Management market. The issue is that these models present all the challenges that VDI presents–they are expensive, deliver poor user experience, and don’t offer mobile and offline usage.
The main difference is that unlike other solutions, WorldDesk does all the processing on the end device which means WorldDesk can run processor intensive programmes like Photoshop, AutoCAD and HD Video. What’s also particular noteworthy is that WorldDesk can also run offline. WorldDesk technology delivers the same flexibility and experience on par with local PC.