Web Apps? No thanks

Summary:"Web-based computing is inevitable," writes David Berlind in a recent post Step aside Google Spreadsheets. Bricklin's WikiCalc has reinforcements "99.

"Web-based computing is inevitable," writes David Berlind in a recent post Step aside Google Spreadsheets. Bricklin's WikiCalc has reinforcements "99.99 percent of the problems people cite as the reason they'll never move, including "the offline" and the privacy/data security problems, are resolvable."

Web Apps? "No thanks," writes ZDNet member kb2504 in response to another post by David on Google Browser Sync:

With all the stories of personal info leaked and stolen all over the place, and no REAL workable security measures in place, I'll keep my data on the PC thanks. While nobody is safe if you connect to the internet at all, I'd still rather keep the bulk of my personal data off the web. You guys can enjoy the "convenience".

ZDNet member TTech001 also questions the simplicity of browser based computing: "Moving files back and forth to some server cannot be more efficient than working with files on your local desktop and saving it to the server before you go home."

And CJames_z thinks it's thin clients all over again:

It just isn't going to happen on a large scale. And it has nothing to do with security. There are two problems: First of all, people like having their own tools. Secondly, it's going to be a long, long time before you can come even close to duplicating the full functionality of major applications on the web....[more]
See also:
  • Could Web-based PowerPoint-killers be the last straw for MS-Office? --David Berlind
  • Living a dual life - desktop and cloud --Marc Orchant
  • JavaDB: An idea whose time has finally come? --David Berlind
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    David Grober has worked a variety of editorial roles in the technology media since 1982, when he joined the copy desk at IDG's Computer Business News. He served as managing editor for PC Week (now eWeek) and, later, Digital News. David made the leap from print to online publishing in 1994, when he joined Ziff-Net's Software Library. Sinc... Full Bio

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