The last few weeks we have seen amazing services released, many with a focus on turning your average desktop application into a web application. Or maybe with the goal of replacing Microsoft applications? That is what seems to be the case with ePlatform. Imagine being able to manage a calendar, blog, RSS feeds, music, photos, email, address books, and so on all accessible online. “ePlatform is the only software service that delivers, over the Internet, every application you need to effectively manage your life style and of your family. ePlatform applications are available on demand allowing a person to easily and instantaneously add or remove a software service at any given time.” The service is in beta and I am not aware of any demos at this time.

ePlatform has many available applications to use, but I am going to just touchup on a few. The first is the calendar. From the looks of it, it looks to be a nicely organized calendar system. It allows for viewing by day, week, month, and years in your own defined time-zones, business days, etc.. You can share your calendar with friends and family and even see events from their calendars that they allow you to view on your calendars.

The next application that looks great is the Address Book. As you can see from the screenshot above, it uses Google Maps, which I find really neat for an address book. It allows you to import your Outlook and Netscape contacts, maintain email distribution lists, easy organization, PDF printing, and more. It looks like it uses a simple three column design, which I would assume would work great for the Google Map integration.

I love music, so when I saw the screenshot of the music application for ePlatform (they also have one for movies), I got pretty excited. It looks packed with features. You can store your music collection, create playlists of the music that you have, manage music that you have loaned to others, write and rate reviews, and even music publishing. The music publishing is really cool. You can publish your music to other members of the network in that you can promote to and on top of that, they can even purchase your music. Don’t want only networked music? Well, loooks like that have that covered as well by allowing you to purchase CD’s from music stores. Or maybe you are interested in buying an instrument? They’ve got that covered as well.

I am very interested in seeing how ePlatform plays out. From the looks of it, you can do just about anything. There are also some applications that do not have details or screenshots, such as Social Networking, Fashion, Classifieds, Real Estate, and even Jobs.

Now, just one last feeling about this. First, I am very excited to see the outcome of ePlatform. This is all amazing, really, but what I am just wondering about is this. Do we want to store all of our information that we normally would store on our own computers into the hands of an online service? Most of these applications are available already on our computers and secure. I guess we won’t really know until we get a peak at the service. Any thoughts about this?

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9 Comments on “ePlatform – Now this is impressive”

  1. Will says:

    Do we want to store all our info online?

    For me there are two reasons why the answer is probably no. First, security. I certainly don’t want financial data, password data, or other important personal info stored in an environment unless it is totally secure.

    Second (and strangely perhaps more importantly), I don’t want to lose all my hard work of organizing my life on-line if the service is cancelled or goes bankrupt.

    Thus, I would only use a well established, successful service to replace hard drive storage.

    Regards

  2. Brian Benzinger says:

    Thanks for the comment, Will. I agree with you. As for security, I don’t like to store financial information on anything other than a secured desktop app or in my own financial system. But like you said, the thing that would bug me the most is if I were to do all this work online, as you said, and then loose it.

    I wonder if they have some import/export backup system? Maybe something to export certain documents into well known applications. For example, for the address book, we can import from Outlook. But can we export back into Outlook as well?

    Thanks, Will. Good points.

  3. Dan says:

    I agree that trusting one’s entire life (or at least one’s entire life’s data) to an online entity is a scary proposition. It took me long enough even to trust GMail’s archive.

    I think the best answer is, as Brian mentions, an export feature? Imagine if ePlatform were to release a parallel, desktop version of its suite that synced automatically with the online version. Sort of like Groupwise but fully-featured, or Quicken but functional.

  4. deletedsoul says:

    I lean the other way when it comes to online storage. I store nearly all my data offsite, though I do keep a backup on my own file server. I am much more comfortable with it being “out there” on a secured server, than on my personal PC that can be stolen or destroyed any time. If we were to go to a strictly online enviroment, I would have to store in one location and back up in another, to prevent loss.

    I attempted to email ePlatform to ask questions concerning security, but I got a failure notice.

    Great idea, but I doubt it would ever come to fruition, not THAT fully functional, anyway.

  5. Brian Benzinger says:

    Wow, really? You emailed and got a failure message? Hm. But yeah… I agree. I would need a good way to backup everything. I too would feel uncomfortable placing all my information on a web service.

    Great points everyone. Thanks for commenting :)

  6. Angel says:

    I posted about ePlatform back in August and emailed them about the service and never heard anything. I just emailed them again and received this message, causing me to doubt if they’re ever going to come out:

    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification

    Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

    info@eplatform.com

    Technical details of permanent failure:
    PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 9): 501 Incorrect receipient address !!!

  7. Jen says:

    Just looking at ePlatform for a school paper I am working on and finding that website is still inactive. Too bad, seemed like a cool concept, but the world may not be ready for it yet.

  8. S. says:

    It seems like ePlatform has officially shut down…

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