The Horizon Project is the answer to a question that is only now just being asked. What happens when the cloud clears? Our goal is nothing short of building the software platform that will power software beyond the cloud.
We realize that the internet is the defining technology of this era in human history. The choices we make today will affect generations to come. This is a responsibility that is not to be taken lightly. We must not fail in our duty to the future. For this reason on of the core focus points of The Horizon Project will be implementing a new generation of internet communications protocols.
The platform will be able to run on any operating system and CPU architecture. This is absolutely critical to our vision of ubiquitous software. The Horizon Platform must function identically on any operating system or CPU architecture and it must have a consistent look-and-feel across all devices.
The platform must be able to make full use of the resources available to the client device and be able to seamlessly scale to match those resources. We must also support all available methods of human interaction, from the traditional mouse and keyboard to the near ubiquitous touch interfaces of smart phones and tablets and beyond. The Post Cloud Era will allow for expansive new horizons in human-computer interaction and The Horizon Project will support those horizons.
The Horizon Platform will make every effort to integrate seamlessly with the internet. We don’t want to blur the line between the device and the internet; we want to remove it completely. We foresee a future where data is stored securely on internet servers and made accessible to any device regardless of location, operating system, or form-factor.
However, in pursuit of these goals we cannot forget that we must be good stewards of those resources and capabilities on the device. We must strive to ensure that our software does not interfere; whether through malice or neglect, with other software. We will make every effort to reduce our impact on the devices’ resources while maintaining a high level of quality and performance.
Finally, and most importantly, The Horizon Project must remain free. The Internet was given to us by the selfless work of those who sought only to improve the lives of their fellow man. As they step aside, it falls to us to continue their work. To that end The Horizon Project will be an open-source project and its source code will be released under the most generous terms available that still provide protection from those who would attempt to subvert or destroy it.