The K Desktop Environment is an intuitive, powerful and open source desktop environment for *NIX platforms and now also for Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX. The KDE project is based off of the work of thousands of volunteers over the last 11 years and is widely regarded as the most used desktop environment on *NIX systems, the most versatile and the most user-friendly. The programmes of KDE support not only the home user, but business users and even educational users in addition. The 27 January 2009 release of KDE 4.2 is the latest update to the most used *NIX desktop environment in the world features:
- Plasma, KDE's new desktop environment, greatly enhances the user's desktop experience with extensive options for customisation through "Plasmoids", personalised widgets which provide an experience that ties together multimedia, network and local system data, as well as a variety of tools to help the user experience. The latest release of KDE brings increased efficiency and popular features which were present in KDE 3.
- The K Desktop Environment caters to business users as well. The personal information manager Kontact provides easy access to remote hosted email using all major email protocols, as well as local and remote shared calenders and address books. Kontact supports major open data formats, such as ical, and vcard files which allows easy collaboration with other personal information management services. These features provide a powerful experience to small business users to wish to manage their email communications work flow. KDE's enterprise class web browswer, Konqueror, supports even the latest of web standards. This makes KDE an ideal platform for knowledge workers who need thin client access to remote web services such as Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol, IMAP and POP email, Secure HTTP and Microsoft file sharing services, all of which are supported in the latest release of KDE. KDE also features management tools such to limit personnel's access to the computer.
- KDE is an open platform based off of the work of thousands of volunteers who have developed it for over 10 years. Because we are an open platform 3rd parties can develop and extend the platform and its applications to suit their needs. This also allows vendors to have more control over the end product they ship to their customers and to provide the end product in a fully translated form in over 80 different languages from Albanian to Zulu.
- The KDE Education platform is a collection of open applications that can be extended by third parties. This allows non-English speaking countries to extend the applications to their needs. The platform also contains a range of applications that can work with with young children as well as university students.
- KDE is an open platform involving many volunteers from all over the world. This allows any user to integrate with the project or to participate at any level. KDE has volunteers that do everything from application development, to usability studies, to documentation and artwork.