WorldDesk adds Spotify and Angry Birds apps to consumer platform

7 Jun 2012

Groove with Sam Cooke using Spotify app via WorldDesk's desktop virtualisation technology

WorldDesk, the Belfast cloud start-up that was acquired by the California-based desktop virtualisation software provider DeskStream earlier this year, has brought out its first suite of apps for its consumer platform, including Angry Birds, Spotify, TweeDeck and Adobe, so people can make their personal applications mobile.

In all, more than 50 apps have been verified for use with the company’s consumer platform WorldDesk for You, which is currently in beta mode and will be free for users during this phase, the company has confirmed.

When DeskStream acquired WorldDesk in January, the Menlo Park, California-based company took control of WorldDesk’s cloud-based workspace delivery platform prototype built on Dropbox. It’s continuing to work out of both Belfast and Menlo Park.

Essentially, WorldDesk’s desktop virtualisation technology allows users to bring their desktops into the cloud, so people can store their desktop in Dropbox and on storage devices, particularly when mobile working.

The platform that was launched in both 32-bit and 64-bit earlier this year supports all Windows 7 machines. It also enables desktop delivery and storage via the cloud. The company is planning to roll out on other OS platforms soon.

DeskStream CEO Rao Cherukuri, pictured with WorldDesk co-founders Jonathan Chesney and Claire Moore, at the signing of the agreement in Belfast in January

DeskStream CEO Rao Cherukuri, with WorldDesk co-founders Jonathan Chesney and Claire Moore, at the signing of the agreement in Belfast in January

With WorldDesk for You, the company said the aim of the platform is to allow users access their personalised desktops, such as their files, settings and their apps, on any machine.

Apparently users can store and carry this desktop around on any device, from a USB drive to a smartphone or iPod.

“This first release contains upwards of 50 apps, including MS Office, Adobe and Visio. We are however, particularly excited to bring some of the web’s most popular apps to the WorldDesk for You platform. Both VLC Player and Angry Birds have amassed over 1bn downloads, while Spotify boasts close to 20m users and is taking the US by storm,” said WorldDesk CEO Rao Cherukuri.

The company, which is now working on rolling out more apps in the coming months, is also building out development in both Belfast and California.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic