I was a little surprised when I saw this post by Rodrigo over on the Zoho blog. The title struck me as a little strange coming from someone who works for a business that is pushing the SaaS boundaries – what was he up to saying that Software + Services has beaten SaaS?

Of course reading further, I found that Rodrigo was referring to the operating system and browser as being the only two pieces of software needing to be installed. But the sentence that resonated with me was this one;

As for me, I use Windows Vista. Certainly not because I wanted to, but because Microsoft forced me to get Vista on my new Dell machine. So I’m stuck with it. I was apprehensive about using Vista … but after a few days I got used to it. Wanna know why? No, it’s not because Vista is good – it’s because it doesn’t matter. The underlying operating system you use is irrelevant. 99% of the time I’m at a computer

Of course it’s a theme I’ve talked about often in the past – the fact that most of us spend most of our time within a browser, rendering the operating system pretty much irrelevant.

After spending time at the Office 2.0 conference, and exploring the multitude of offerings available out their on-demand for businesses, it makes me excited for the future of business and the future of the web. I’m looking forward to exploring current and future offerings, and studiously ignoring the fact that I even have an operating system!

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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  • Hi Ben,

    As someone who had to do a complete laptop rebuild till 2 this morning (full credit to the Dell support team in Penang), I’d love to read an article on the best SAAS / On demand systems to replace MYOB, MS Office and the like. “Working online for Dummies” would be a no 1 best seller …..

    Cheers,

    Paul

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