Roozz rents software in the cloud

It's slick and easy to use, but the selection of titles is somewhat limited.

By Liane Cassavoy, PC World |  Cloud Computing, Saas

Launching an application through Roozz involves little more than double-clicking a title, accepting the EULA, and paying for the software when necessary. (Payments can be done through PayPal or a credit card.) In all, the process is quick and easy, much more so than downloading an application and installing it on your hard drive. I did encounter one technical glitch when launching apps, though: When using Internet Explorer on a Windows 7 PC, I was unable to launch some of the applications. Clicking on the titles would simply open a blank browser window. But when using Chrome on that same computer, the software applications opened without a problem. And when tested on Internet Explorer on another Windows 7 PC, the applications worked flawlessly. Roozz says it is looking into what may have caused my particular problem, and notes that while they have seen it before, it is "quite rare."

Overall, using the applications in my browser window felt no different from running similar titles on my desktop. The response time was quick, with no noticeable lag--a far cry from when I first tested software-as-a-service products many years ago, when titles seemed to run at dial-up-like speeds even over broadband connections.

Roozz has plenty of promise. It's a bit hampered right now by its limited application selection, but that should improve with time. If it does, and the company can eliminate the technical glitches, Roozz could be a software force to be reckoned with.


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