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1 ShamMitra commented Permalink

Great post!

If we look at what's happening to the iconic desktop application, for a moment. The success of Microsoft Windows was (and is still) largely attributed to developers using the Microsoft API to build applications that run on the operating system, for without any applications the operating system would just be... well, an operating system. Fast-forward to the web-driven, service-oritentaed, architectures of today, and what you'll find is people aren't using desktop applications for email as much as they are online email (e.g. Gmail), and with a whole suite of service-based online applications (such as Google Docs), and with the rapid adoption of net-books, it's clear to see that people are moving online for day-to-day productivity. Why spend hundreds of pounds/dollars on a desktop application for word-processing, when you can have the same capability for free online?
With that said, as the proliferation of smart phones becomes greater, and technology enables smart phone web-browesers to become more desktop-like, I do see the mobile application having a similar fate to the desktop application. However, if the mobile application can become intrinsically tied to the web, i.e. it seamlessly connects to the web, then what we could find is there will be a greater level of immersion in the mobile application giving a more web-type feeling to the mobile application.
My view is that with HTML5 making it easier to embed digital media into web-browsers, when this becomes standard across all platforms, and with advancements in unified communications yielding faster network speeds (e.g. 4G over 3G), only then will we realise the true potential of mobile video calling and web-based mobile collaboration.

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