The last desktop app standing

The last desktop app standing

Summary: Om Malik posts on GigaOm that the "Web monster" has been unleashed and is "gobbling up desktop applications, chewing them up and spitting them out as a Web applications," with the exception of the instant messaging. Browser-based IM clients like Meebo are gaining some popularity, but the popular IM clients have become aren't going away, Om concludes.

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Om Malik posts on GigaOm that the "Web monster" has been unleashed and is "gobbling up desktop applications, chewing them up and spitting them out as a Web applications," with the exception of the instant messaging. Browser-based IM clients like Meebo are gaining some popularity, but the popular IM clients have become aren't going away, Om concludes. They evolving into rich communications hubs that couldn't be easily delivered as Web apps.

The browser is the new desktop, but that doesn't mean that desktop clients become dinosaurs. You'll have full and light versions to accommodate the different platforms, at least until bandwidth and synchronization issues are resolved. Given the ubiquity of IM and technologies like Flash, you can expect then to be on any system you might use, including mobile devices. 

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  • Stop with the Web Apps Already

    They are sooo slow! Have you ever used a web app? Even on a high end PC, with a beefy broadband connection, you are still limited by the constant back and forth communication between your PC and the hosting server. This fad of moving applications off the local PC to a web server is crazy. Not to mention the reduced functionality imposed by web applications. No Thanks. Maybe in 10 years when 100+Mbit broadband is common and more application development is done, it might be worth considering.
    jpr75_z
    • Have you ever used RIAs?

      Technologies like Ajax and Flex cut way down on the constant back and forth of which you speak and are anything but slow. Google employs Ajax widely in Gmail and Google Docs. Flex and Apollo will seek to solve the reduced functionality problem providing a user interface experience that rivals most desktop application. Many of these apps are now being authored to work off-line as well. So, this isn't a fad and it will revolutionize the way software is delivered. I'm suspicious you've just been using the wrong online apps (for instance, Yahoo mail has the problems you mentioned which is why I switched to Gmail a few years back; that and the fact that I got more space for less money - free).
      msmitchel
  • No Surprise

    Dan this is no surprise as more and more SaaS vendors jump on board. 2007 is going to be a great year for SaaS and we will see a spur in adoption thanks to SaaS platforms from companies like <a href="http://www.salesforce.com">Salesforce</a> and <a href="http://www.apprenda.com">Apprenda</a>
    asultan@...
  • 2007 we all own supercomputers

    and pay people to use them as slow dump terminals. We have no control over our
    software, or where our data is stored. How stupid are we?
    LittleGuy
    • Much brighter than that

      LittleGuy the future is much brighter than that.
      asultan@...
      • The future holds great potential, but

        not until we stop teaching MS software and start teaching computer literacy in our
        schools. You can not do everything in a browser! And if you can it is only because
        someone wrote clientside code that works in your browser. And those that own that
        code control you if no one else can get their clientside code installed.
        LittleGuy
  • but they're crap

    Yes there are web things that claim to be the same as their application counterparts. and providing you only want basic functionality they are fine. But that's as far as they go. I have yet to see a web app that is capable of competing with a sophisticated desktop application. Either it lacks functionality or is slow and "klunky"
    dbremer