The Desktop is Dead (or at least terminally ill)
Chris Adamson recently questioned the value of Swing 2 and I have to go one further... Isn't it time to admit that the Desktop is dead?
I think that it's pretty clear that GWT points to the future and "Swing 2" clings to the past. Marc Andreessen was a bit premature when he said something like "The Browser is the Operating System" back in the 90's, but it's clear that his prediction is coming to pass... Take a look at Chrome's features for a hint of what's just around the corner.
With Browser Applications like ThinkFree, Zoho and Google Docs getting better all the time, and with SmartPhones (with better Browsers) and NetBooks becoming pervasive it's best to not waste any more time on the Desktop paradigm.
The responses to this post are almost unanimous. Those of you who left your comments are a pretty passionate lot...
Responses seem to make two major points-
- Desktop Apps are and will always be "richer" than Browser Apps
- Browser Apps make things too easy for Big Brother to spy on you
Thanks to everyone who responded... One commenter asked "What was the point of this entry?"
Your comments are the point of this entry. I love it when you state your positions, justify your positions, and offer your own opinions. It's much more fun (and productive) than sitting back and assuming that everyone agrees with you.
As for the fate of the Desktop... We'll find out ;-)