The Future of the Internet is in the Client and the Cloud

Commentary on: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/the-future-of-the-internet-its-in-the-app/49512?tag=nl.e539

The Forrester CEO cited in this article strikes me as remarkably naïve
(or maybe badly misquoted). I’m not downplaying the importance of
apps, but 90% of the popular apps on the market are popular because
they exchange data with a web server. “Leaves cloud computing in the
dust”? I don’t think so. The app model depends on cloud computing.

Now, there’s been some interesting development in the area of merging
the concept of apps with websites. Both Google and Mozilla are working
on it from opposite ends: Google with its ChromeOS efforts (oddly,
ChromeOS is diametrically opposite of the space occupied by Android,
but I think Google’s doing that strategically and on purpose) and
Mozilla with its Open Web Applications project.

I’m not sure what approach Microsoft will really take. They’ve made
their position on HTML 5 clear, and that’s a good thing, but as for
apps they seem to just be covering their bases. (They’ve made it
possible to install Android apps on the Windows Mobile platform, for
example.)

I am interested in the app model, definitely, but the Internet isn’t
going to change as drastically as Colony seems to think. The article
does rightly point out that the Internet will use more of the power of
client machines than it has in the past, but that has less to do with
apps than it does with the growth of HTML 5, powerful Javascript
engines like V8 and frameworks like Sencha and JQuery. (Those tend to
be hidden behind app development anyway.)

So I’m following the app discussion carefully, but really focusing my
efforts on the cross-platform frameworks like Mozilla’s OWA, because I
think that’s where the biggest bang for my buck will end up.