Sunday, June 03, 2007

Google Gears: last mile to a 100% web based application world?



In a meeting recently, in my new job at Sage, we were discussing with R&D about the client model in our new world. Interesting debate among specialists that are seeing the world through RIA (Rich Internet Application), RDA (Rich Desktop Application) and the fading 100% HTML or client/server models. It clearly shows we've been moving fast in a connected world were web based applications are weaving into desktop based applications.

Tectonic moves are taking place between Microsoft, with the Silverlight new cross-platform and cross-browser Internet platform, Adobe's Apollo run-time and the newly announced Google Gears Javascript API to let web applications work off-line. Read Information Week Why Google Gears Is Good News, Bad News For Microsoft article for a better understanding of the landscape and browse through the 92 news articles about it.

But now the non connected world enters web based applications and the very last argument pleading for desktop based applications is just going away, even before being connected to the Internet will be as natural as receiving daylight (a bit futuristic I must admit, but you know me by now I like to provoke). Give it a try and install it. Are you as curious as I am to see what the next Google/Microsoft battle is going to be?

One thing for sure: user's information environment is already partly on the web and on his desktop. I'm not a big fan of this as users need to decide before searching or operating where the information might be or be sure they carry a laptop with them at all times. My bet is user's information are going to move 100% on the web with a solid secure access and backup. The device we will be using to access and manipulate this data is secondary and might just be borrowed when we need it.

3 comments:

Ryan Stewart said...

You made my day talking about Rich Internet Applications and Rich *Desktop* Applications. I think it's good to differentiate between the two a bit.

Emmanuel Obadia said...

Good to hear Ryan. RDA I think covers pretty well the Java Webstart kind of model, but I am still wondering how long RDA will live in front of an RIA based client coupled with Off-line capabilities (e.g. Google Gears). Open question we're debating as we speak in my team.

LaSandra Brill said...

This is a huge breakthrough - I can't wait for the day when I can access all my web applications whenever and wherever I want and now it looks like that vision isn't too far away.