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?