The Revolution Will Be Streamed
By James Higa, Index Ventures mentor-in-residence.
During my nearly 30 years at Apple, I witnessed the birth of the personal computer revolution in the Macintosh group, saw the development of iOS and watched the transformation from the Apple II days to UNIX with NeXT to Macbooks and the iPhone and iPad. In short, I’ve seen the full evolution of the operating system—starting from when the OS was just something that was contained in a beige “box,” like the original Macintosh, to the newest and latest tectonic shift in user interfaces, interaction and behavior.
The rise of services that can be accessed anywhere over the Internet, as opposed to on one device, is leading to a new wave: the feed-based OS.
Today, my Slack feed keeps me connected to my teams, tells me what tasks and meetings I have to attend to each day and what articles my colleagues are reading and tweeting about—not to mention if I’ll need an umbrella that afternoon. I personally integrate Trello and IFTTT into my Slack stream, as well as Asana, Dropbox, Datadog, Google Hangout, Twitter and Wunderlist. It’s exactly this plethora of customizable plugin integrations that makes a streaming vertical spine so useful for workflows.
And make no mistake – this is a very significant shift. This rise of the feed-based OS heralds a genuinely new phase of computing.
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