socket.computer was a website which was similar to CollabVM. The site was part of the many demos available on socket.io.
CollabVM used the socket.computer engine for CollabVM v1.0, but there were some notable changes.
- CollabVM's design differed from socket.computer's.
- socket.computer ran Windows XP while CollabVM ran many different operating systems, which ranged from Windows 95 OSR2 to Windows 7 Ultimate.
- CollabVM did not have the laptop image present, and was scaled fully.
- socket.computer reset every 15 minutes. The component which made the VM reset every 15 minutes was not enabled.
- socket.computer does not have a chat box.
- Several vulnerabilities were fixed.
- October 9, 2016: Socket.computer stopped responding after the initial 15 minute reset, and did not return. This also affected socket.io's chat and weplay.io. This makes October 9, 2016 at 11:25 PM (EST) the last known time socket.computer was online.
- March 5, 2017: After socket.io was offline for several weeks, the site finally came back up, but with the demos page missing from socket.io entirely. This can be presumed as the official "shut down" date.
- March 18, 2017: The demos page returned to socket.io. The socket.io chat made a return, and a brand new demo, a "collaborative whiteboard", was added. Weplay.io and Socket.computer did not make a return.
- August 2017: Socket.computer and Weplay.io stopped responding entirely, which indicates that both projects were shut down and will probably not make a return.
- January 2018: Weplay.io no longer belongs to any IP addresses. This strongly indicates that the Weplay.io project has permanently been closed. Socket.computer, however, still belongs to an IP address although the site has not responded since March 5, 2017. Whether it officially returns or not has yet to be seen.
- July 2018: Socket.computer no longer belongs to any IP address, which strongly indicates that the project has been closed permanently.
- August 25, 2018: Socket.computer's domain expires and is now up for sale, which confirms that the project will not return.
- February 2019: Socket.computer now redirects to a parked domain.
CollabVM has several virtual machines, including one known as "VM 2" that runs Windows XP SP3. It has almost the same specifications as the socket.computer VM (has more RAM and a better CPU), but it is much faster and has several things like Microsoft Office, Firefox, Chrome, all Windows XP Themes, a patched MSN Messenger, and more all pre-installed. If you are looking for a socket.computer alternative, you will want to check it out.