Cloud Browser: Enhancing the Web Browser with Cloud Sessions and Downloadable User Interface
The web browser has become one of the most important and frequently used computer programs that people use. The web browser has effectively assumed the role of an operating system. Yet there have been predictions that the web browser and the Web itself will effectively die. More specifically, it has been argued that the web browser will lose the battle against native, custom built web apps. In this paper we predict that the web browser may indeed disappear but for entirely different reasons. We present a concept and implementation of a cloud browser that moves the users’ browser sessions and the user interface chrome of the web browser to the cloud. The benefits of a cloud browser are especially valuable to those people who use a plethora of web-connected devices, allowing the same web pages and applications to be used flexibly – and even simultaneously – from different devices.
KeywordsWeb browser web applications session-based browsing proxy browsing cloud browser HTML5
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