Yesterday I sat down and talked with Entellium, an on-demand CRM company that has recently gone away from a purley browser-based model and moved into a desktop smart client application. In doing so they saw a big increase in conversion numbers and the customers have responded well to having the application on their desktop instead of inside of a browser.
The Universal Desktop
The technology and business implications of the next generation of software, rich Internet applications.
Y Combinator posted a list of a bunch of different startup ideas they'd like to see and fund. It's a sizable list with 30 different thoughts waiting for enthusiastic entrepreneurs to take a shot.
Last week NASDAQ released version two of their Market Replay AIR application and added a couple of interesting features as well as provided some details of how the service works. Market Replay is available as a paid service and the downloadable client comes with the service.
Via John Carroll I saw a blog post by Paul Ellis in which he talks about the shortcomings of open standards, or more specifically, standards bodies, and how that affects the open web. In short, it's led to the innovation and widespread adoption of proprietary technologies like Flash and Silverlight.
There's a post over on TechCrunchIT about how NBC is going to use Silverlight and the Olympics to do some audience research around how people consume digital media. Basically NBC has a ton of content that will come from the Olympics and they're planning on providing it in a number of different ways including in the browser, on the regular television set, and on mobile phones.
I generally break RIAs into three categories: browser-based, desktop, and mobile. After playing with the iPhone 2.
I completely missed this but it looks like OpenLaszlo 4.1 has been released and it includes full support for DHTML/Ajax as well as SWF/Flash.
Silverlight games are starting to appear. Today a press release went out announcing that Cynergy had worked on a Silverlight version of LineRider.
I had a good conversation today about the browser/desktop hybrid and where the converging is going to happen. Will it be more on the desktop side or will it be more on the browser side?
Coté just published a video of he and James interviewing Brian Goldfarb, Product Manager in Microsoft Developer division, about Silverlight 2 and the Deep Zoom functionality. Coté got the interview while at TechEd and there's some good stuff inside about possible use cases for the Deep Zoom technology.