This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the impact of Safari for Windows and opening up the iPhone to Web developers via the Safari engine. It's a good move for Apple despite the lack of support for creating native Mac OS X applications. Phil Windley agrees: "The Web as platform (more specifically Safari in this case) is an idea that is more democratic, more open, and ultimately more innovative than a mere SDK with the lock-in that that implies. It’s not perfect–there are still too many browser incompatibilities, but it’s definitely the right direction."
We also look at eBay's new APIs, which David believes are a harbinger of the Internet as an operating system. "Traditional user interfaces are being subsumed by the Net’s UI (the browser) and the APIs are rapidly going through a phase of disaggregation to the point that what’s left is no longer recognizable as the computer we once knew and loved," David said in his blog post.
In addition, we spend a few minutes on browser security, and David calls upon Microsoft to get together with the Mozilla Foundation to solve the spam and phishing problem, rather than each treating their solution as a unique competitive feature, which is not a comprehensive solution.
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