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The rise of web applications and Chrome: it's all about timescales

Jan 13, 2010, 16:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The significant thing about Chrome is that it sets a new way of thinking. It does not mean Chrome will dominate the world. Open standards mean that other companies could provide similar services. It's the 80% scenario. 80% of what we do could be web based and probably will be in the future. It is near 100% for 80% of the population. It does not then make much sense to have everyone running a desktop OS just in case they might happen to want a specialist application that is dependent on that technology. Some people will still need this, but not the majority.

"I see the future in the merge of mobile phone technologies and web applications for the vast majority of productivity applications. Mobile phones will move up into the netbook and laptop space by having options to connect to larger screens and keyboards. These phones have operating systems but no-one bothers too much about which operating system. Chrome OS might or might not have a significant role to play in that but one things is sure, the need for Windows, GNU/Linux or MacOS on desktops and laptops is going to diminish. They might take a very long time to disappear altogether just as mainframe computers still exist. The dominant market driver of technology is changing and that is what is really interesting."

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