Web v Desktop

I read an interesting article in PC Pro magazine the other day. here is roughly how it went (with my interpretation thrown in):

Flash has been the dominant force in rich web UIs for a long time, Adobe are now releasing Apollo (renamed AIR). The Adobe Integrated Runtime will allow flash based apps to run on the desktop. This is Adobe coming back from the web to the desktop. It could easily be the difference between the old Macromedia view and Adobe of course.

Meanwhile Microsoft have released Silverlight to much fanfare and hype. Silverlight is basically Microsoft Flash. This is Microsoft, master of the desktop moving to the web. Of course the whole .net thing is part of that too.

Just seems odd to me, both companies dominate their home turf, yet both seem determined to get a piece of the other market. Reminds me of the way the kids always want the toy that the other one is playing with. Grass is greener??

It also gives me some confidence that reports of the death of the desktop are exaggerated.

Is anyone else following this trend?



2 Responses to “Web v Desktop”

  1. Marcus Says:

    This was on the wall at the local kindergarden. It relates to childrens’ (toddlers’) perception of property/turf ownership.

    If I like it, it’s mine.
    If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
    If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
    If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
    If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
    If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
    If it just looks like mine, it’s mine.
    If I think it’s mine, it’s mine.
    If I saw it first, it’s mine.
    If it’s broken, it’s yours

    “Grass is greener??”
    Nope. It’s the ‘my sandbox is never big enough’ syndrome.

    “death of the desktop”
    If the desktop is indeed dying, the funeral is so far off it’s not even on the horizon. How will Internet connectivity breakdowns (such as what occurred in Asia) or hacks (such as Monster) impact confidence in the security of online apps compared to desktop equivalents?

    P.S. Can anyone advise me when the London contracting market enters its pre-Christmas decline?

    Cheers – Marcus

  2. Harlan Grove Says:

    More basic: MSFT’s P/E ratio is toast unless they can continue to grow, and they need to move into any & all tangentially related markets in order to have a chance of achieving the sort of growth they need.

    As for Adobe, (a) they’re putting their eggs into many baskets, which is sound thinking, and (b) a little bit of the desktop market will have much more impact on their financials than MSFT gaining just a bit of the browser market. Besides, I’d bet Adobe will eventually support Mac OS X and Linux or at least provides enough documentation that there could be FOSS players/hosts on those OSs. I can’t see MSFT providing much support for Silverlight running under any browser other than IE.

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