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For those who jones for their Windows environment anytime, anywhere can now turn to a new application called Windows4all. With Windows4all a user can access a Windows 7 environment through their browser. Windows4all has many of the same features that Windows 7 has with files running in a security sandbox within the environment.
There are some programs installed such as a rich text editor, a media player and an RSS reader. You can even install your own programs. However, all applications that are installed need to be created in Silverlight, which is also is needed to run Windows4all. Silverlight is Microsoft’s web platform for browser applications.
Silverlight requires a small plugin, much like Flash. Although at the download page it was indicated that Silverlight may not run in my Chrome browser, it ended up working fine. Navigating over to the Windows4all page, the Windows 7 interface came up fine and ran at a pretty good speed. While it wasn’t blazing fast, I felt that I would be able to use this if I needed to.
The project is in Alpha right now, but once it passes beta the source code will be released. Interestingly, this appears to be backed by Microsoft as the software is being developed by their open source community called Codeplex. Even though when you log in to Windows4all it explcitly states they don’t have anything to do with Microsoft, I’m pretty sure they’re aware since this project would be blatant piracy otherwise for allowing Windows 7 to open in a browser.
So where does the storage for my files go on this thing?