Linked by David Adams on Wed 16th Mar 2005 17:51 UTC
Editorial A c|net editorial posits that Google may be well on its way to developing a complete suite of internet-based services that could act as a computing environment for any thin client that's capable of accessing it. And Microsoft may be planning a similar move.
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Is the Web the Future?
by . on Wed 16th Mar 2005 19:00 UTC

I am beginning to appreciate web applications and I think the future of computing will become predominantly web based. As opposed to rich client applications, web based applications are platform neutral, have a consistent interface (i.e your browser), consume less resources and aren't plagued by feature bloat.

In my opinion, the more that can be pushed to the web, the better. At least, nobody needs a 2GHz CPU with 1 Gigabyte of RAM running Windows 2003 to use most web applications. Frankly, I prefer web applications, like Gmail, to rich client applications like Evolution, which seems to be getting slower and resource intensive with every release.

And whenever I can, I find myself opting for web technology as opposed to installing cruft on my machine. I also notice web application designers and developers pay more attention to user interface, usability, accessibility and aesthetics than do rich client programmers. But I digress.