The WEB is taking over (obviously)
On desktop computers, web apps continue to replace activities that were previously fulfilled by Windows/Mac/Linux programs. The advantages are many: web apps are immediately available on every connected computer; the user doesn’t need to download and install something; they instantly update and they’re cross-platform. That they naturally lend themselves to a subscription model is yet another reason that companies are choosing to develop web apps in favor of a traditional desktop program.
However, web apps have historically had a number of shortcomings. An inability to deal with local files (without long uploads). Multimedia required security–challenged plugins. And they couldn’t display PDF files. Continue reading