Here’s a quick review of Cloudo.com’s ‘online computer.’
I got an email from Sweedish company Cloudo.com, saying that they had opened the beta to the public (at least for the time being). I posted a “try this out now” post this morning, so that anyone who saw it had a chance to take a crack at it, incase it were to close suddenly.
There were a few things I noticed about it. Some things I liked, while some things just annoyed the living daylights out of me. I’ll start with the good things first, obviously, so as to keep you from thinking I hate everything.
First off, the concept is brilliant. Cloudo is like having a comuter right there in your internet browser. You just log
in, and see a desktop, icons and all. I love the idea of being able to get access to pretty much any kind of file from any computer, phone, or mobile device. Thats right; as long as the device has internet, you can access your Cloudo account. I even opened it on my ipod to try it out. You can acces any file you save to your account, and very smoothly at that. Everything seems to be Flash (some areas, when right clicked, display an “about Adobe Flash Player” dialogue box).
Now, some music. The media player is very… simple. You pick a file, and it plays it. As far as I can tell, it plays mp3’s well, but it hates those m4a’s that apple so loves. Grr. Seeing as I use iTunes, I can only play a select few of my files, because I stupidly forgot to import my cd’s as mp3’s. Whatever. Another thing that bugs me with the music player (called CHamp) is that it looks like Windows Media did in 2003; small and chunky. Asthetics are nothing to complain about, but still. It doesn’t really fit in with the rest of Cloudo’s sharp, shiny look.
Cloudo.com rambles on a fair bit about replacing group business development as we know it, but I have yet to see an application that would be worth using. For now, Cloudio’s purpose seems to be more of an online hard drive of sorts, but with the capabilities of basic editing and playback. Sure, I can play solitare, check my email, and view my RSS feeds, but there’s no real productivity apps to be seen.
Something else that bothered me a little is that once you install an app or change your background, anything you’ve done sometimes disappears after logging out and in again. In addition, after installing an app, it sometimes doesnt show up at all in the “My Applications” folder, which is monstrously frustrating. It works after a bit, but only after a bit. I had to log in and out a few times before my applications showed up.
There is some promise for expansion, though; there is a fully accessible platform for developing new applications, although there’s not much documentation for it. There is a shortcut on my desktop reading “source code,” but it’s empty. The developer app is empty too… *sigh* I’m too lazy to dig any more for today, but as soon as I find something, I’ll be sure to tell you.
Overall, Cloudo is brilliant, if only it had more use to it. I’m sure it will become the most hardcore cloud computing system ever, given a little time. For now, however, it only serves the purpose of entertaining me with a few games while I mess around with its developer console. On the other hand, Cheers, Cloudo, for delivering performance, speed, intuition, and innovation. Can’t wait to see what you’ll have iun the future.