Near Protocol recently announced the launch of a Blockchain Operating System (BOS) at the ETHDenver conference. It is a common layer that allows developers and consumers to browse and discover open web resources that are compatible with all blockchains.
What is a Blockchain Operating System?
BOS is a layer on top of a Blockchain network that makes interaction user-friendly. It works like a simple interface between the network and the user helping the consumer use apps, view data and manage transactions. This operating system also makes it easy for developers to build decentralized apps (dApps) on a blockchain.
Near is becoming a Blockchain Operating system (BOS)
Near's co-founder Illia Polosukhin announced the launch of the Blockchain Operating System at Near Denver, an event during the ETHDenver conference. He said,
"NEAR is more than just a layer-one blockchain; it is an operating system that will make Web3 usable."
This new operating system makes it easier for developers to build blockchain-based user-friendly applications. And it helps users access numerous applications on one platform, from gaming to finance.
Blockchain is traditionally known as a complex and challenging technology for users. But this notable advancement will make blockchain more accessible, adaptable, and user-friendly.
A bridge that unites the world of Web2 and Web3
This BOS is compatible with both blockchain and Web2-based backends.
Hence, it enables Web2 and Web3 to work together more efficiently, making it easy for users to navigate between different applications or chains.
In simpler words, BOS is one big app where you can browse various types of apps built by other people on different networks. You no more need to switch between browsers while jumping from one site to another.
If you are an end user using a Web3-based social networking platform and suddenly want to switch to a Web-2 social media platform like Twitter, you can easily do that now within the same browser. This platform is a win-win for developers as they can now create apps that can seamlessly connect or interact with other apps.
Alpha.near.org - the first milestone in building BOS
Near recently launched alpha.near.org, an Alpha version of a composable and multichain frontend that helps developers improve user experience and Web3 accessibility. It is a platform for developers to build on the BOS, and it has over 1800 live components.
FastAuth for quick onboarding via web login
Near has also launched FastAuth to help you quickly register via a web login. It is easy to use, mobile-friendly, and pass-key enabled, and you can activate it without a crypto wallet.
Everything that you need to know
Pagoda, the Near Foundation, and other teams in the Near ecosystem are working on this operating system this year. By launching this BOS, Near has become a Web3 gateway for all software developers, whether they are from Web2 or other blockchain networks. Started by Illia Polosukhin and Alexander Skidanov, Near plans on onboarding 1 billion users to Web3 using this Blockchain Operating System.