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 Monday, March 03, 2008

Jooce, a virtual desktop aimed at users who access the Web via cybercafes is attracting interest from organisations set up to bridge the digital divide. It is claimed that Jooce is presently targetting the estimated 500 million people who log on to the Internet from a cybercafe each day. Experts suggest that its free web-based desktop may be of great use for people who cannot afford their own personal computer.

Jooce provides the same functions as a personal computer, allowing access to files, e-mail, instant messaging, storage and other applications. "It's a platform that will make it much easier for the world's cybernomads to manage their digital lives",  said Jooce founder, Stefan Surzyck, referring to this platform as "their very own private space online".

Joocetop, a public desktop, is also said to be able to allow friends to access and share files. In addition a dedicated e-mail client is underway.

Eloisa San Mateo, regional IT coordinator for the Philippines National Computer Centres, has some concerns about the performance of Jooce on lower spec machines with poor bandwith.

Meddie Mayanja, a senior program officer with telecentre.org sees organisations such as Jooce  as essential to the sustainability of net access centres.

Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with JupiterResearch is less positive about web-based operating systems.

CNET.com, an online technology news site, nominated Jooce as a finalist in its 2008 Webware 100 awards.

Read full article at BBC website.