Airhead: your desktop in the cloud

Archimedes famously said “Give me a place to stand and I shall move the world.” Most of us have less grand ambitions, nevertheless, somewhere to stand that is identifiably ‘ours’ is a recurrent human need.

Things are no different in the virtual world. If anything, the proliferation of web apps and online services is making it ever more crucial to have somewhere online to call ‘home’.

The browser has become the place where we do everything. Users have become accustomed to the convenience of not having to install software, and software companies love the convenience of not having to create and distribute physical copies. For the hardcore geek, all of this makes perfect sense. Everything in their digital world is addressable by URL. So they can have their email in one tab of my browser, notes in another, calendar in another. And they can rattle off urls directly in the address bar just like they could on the command line or in the terminal.

But most users don’t think like that. The situation isn’t much better if we use the browser’s built-in system for storing shortcuts: bookmarks. It’s just not designed to store the quantity of links to all those web apps, documents and resources we use all the time.

That’s one of the reasons we created Airhead: to provide a desktop in the cloud where you can get to all your stuff from one easy to remember URL. It’s that firm place to stand amongst the ever-shifting sands of hyperspace.

If you have a Gmail account you can use Airhead as your personal cloud desktop today. Completely free! Just head over to airhead.io and sign in.

But that’s only half the story. There’s one group of people whose purpose in life is literally to stand somewhere and metaphorically move the world – one child at a time. They are, of course, teachers.

In the hectic crucible of the school system, teachers are expected to find and organise not just their own resources, but to manage the resources for the ranks of students that pass through their classrooms each year. Most people outside teaching have little idea of the scale of that management task.

With Airhead set up for a school, that management task gets a whole lot easier. Want to create a desktop in the cloud for each of your classes? No problem. Want to create a workspace for a particular student project, an individual child, or for your departmental colleagues?  Airhead makes it a breeze! Unlike any computer desktop you’ve ever experienced, Airhead’s launchpads can literally be shared with other users and groups at a stroke.

So, whether you need somewhere to stand just to organise yourself, or because you’re expected to keep everyone else organised too, we think Airhead is just the place you’re looking for.

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