TransMedia's Glide browser operating system for Microsoft Internet Explorer is now available for download.
TransMedia has made its Glide OS Extension for Internet
Explorer available for download.
TransMedia said in a Dec. 21 news release, "Glide effectively transforms
the Microsoft Internet Explorer into a browser OS [operating system] with a
complete application suite fully compatible with Microsoft Office and 20GB of
As part of its overall package, Glide delivers capabilities to IE that
include: "automated data capture and file synchronization to speak with
multiple remote Windows, Mac and Linux desktops, automated file translation so
that Microsoft formats are automatically compatible with other file formats, a
rights-based file management system, a word processor, presentation app,
spreadsheet, photo editor, e-mail client, online meeting app, drawing tool, Web
publishing app, contact manager, calendar and much more."
"Glide's compatible and integrated platform is designed to free your
data from hardware replacement and software upgrade schemes, to move your data
freely between your desktops and the Web and to collaborate with others
regardless of device, OS or software," said Donald Leka, chairman and CEO
In essence, TransMedia said, "Glide transforms virtually any major
browser into an OS." The company also said, "Glide makes it possible
for users to work without latency by using native apps on their local desktops
and automatically syncing data when bandwidth is available." And it said,
"Glide is designed to run on Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, Android,
BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm Pre, Symbian and Windows Mobile and to automatically
translate file formats between platforms based on automated device
identification and file transcoding."
The company describes Glide as a conduit between the desktop, the browser
and the cloud. According to the TransMedia statement, "Glide lives on your
desktop, in your browser and in the cloud accessible from virtually any mobile
phone or desktop. Glide creates a two-way automated corridor of data from any
location on the Web through your browser to your desktop, automatically
capturing and translating Web pages and multiple search results into files that
can be synchronized, accessed and edited on all of your devices."
Meanwhile, despite continued growth in adoption of netbooks, TransMedia
officials said, "Netbooks and other midsized devices have for the most
part failed to meet a clearly defined need for most consumers and business
users." Moreover, the company said it expects that cell phones and laptops
will remain the primary devices used to get online.
Thus, "In the first half of 2010, Glide will release a bootable version
of the Glide OS for Netbooks, making it possible to launch the Glide OS at
startup," TransMedia said. "The Glide Netbook OS will provide a
unified desktop, file management system, a comprehensive suite of native
versions of the Glide Application Suite, offline access to your communication
and collaboration suite, and data capture and sync technology to provide a cost-effective
alternative to Windows for specialized niche markets like health care and
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