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This article was published on December 7, 2010

Jolicloud Now available in the Chrome Web Store. Wait. What?

Jolicloud Now available in the Chrome Web Store. Wait. What?
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Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Google has finally made its forthcoming Chrome OS official. The company also unveiled the Chrome Web Store, further demonstrating the company’s desire to crack the netbook market.

Also announced was Google’s official Chrome OS netbook, the a device that is black, 12.1 inches and available by application via Google’s pilot program. You would think that with all of today’s announcements by the search giant, major players in the netbook operating system market would be just a little worried.

One of those companies, Jolicloud, has taken it all in its stride. Not worried about the pending release of a rival netbook and the launch success of the Chrome Web Store, the company has decided to integrate its cloud platform inside the Chrome browser.

Yes, you read that right. The Jolicloud platform is available on the Chrome Web Store. Chrome users can install the application by heading to this link.

Jolicloud advertises its Chrome Web Store application as being able to do the following:

Jolicloud is the new computing platform built around your life in the cloud. Jolicloud connects you to all of your favorite online apps, social media, videos, photos and files from any computer in the world.

Pretty bold stuff.

We’re digging into how it all works now but on the face of it is seems to be merely a pretty interface of links to particularly sites, apps and desktop applications. You are able to add a number of shortcuts popular applications to your dashboard that are associated to the same apps that you have installed on your computer. Add Spotify, click the link and the application launches.


We managed to snag Tariq Krim, the founder of Jolicloud and ask him a few questions about this move to be included in the Chrome App Store:

For background’s sake, why did you build Jolicloud?

While all of us are enjoying new tablets and Iphones, most of the people are stuck with obsolete computer experiences.  Jolicloud mission is to bring a quality computing experience to them. All they need to do is to install jolicloud on any machine and we provide a fast, simple experience. The installation requires no technical expertise. Until 1.1 we focused on netbook, now we expanded the support of jolicloud to any computer.

How does Jolicloud work?

With jolicloud we decided to wrap a very solid and fast Linux with an HTML5 desktop.  We focused on providing a very simple interface where you can add apps, share them with Facebook friends. Our app center contain almost 800 curated free applications that are either webapps or native apps like Openoffice or Spotify. All our technology is based on Google Chromium technology so we are totally compatible with things like Chrome and Chrome OS.
In fact as soon as you have an full HTML5 browser the jolicloud experience can be rendered. We are impatient to port jolicloud on Google TV and Android 3.0 in 2011.

Why have you completed this recent implementation of Jolicloud?

There are 300 millions computers that are sleeping somewhere in the world. With jolicloud we want people to recycle them and use them, or donate them to schools or family. While Ipad, Iphone and Chrome OS is about buying new machines, we are focusing on recycling.

Tariq also wanted us to let you know that Jolicloud 1.1 is available, and to remind you that “that’s not the case of Chrome OS ;)”

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