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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Google vs. Microsoft

This Reason's Edge post, and the linked article, are well worth reading. As the post indicates, I have been claiming for a long time now that applications will become distributed and OS won't matter much in the future. It looks like Bill Gates and Google both agree with me.

2 Comments:

Blogger Cubicle said...

"I have been claiming for a long time now that applications will become distributed and OS won't matter much in the future"

Well on the computer i might agree with you, but we are going to see more applications locked into the OSs of phones, music players, and other such handheld devices.

Though while distributed applications might work well for some users, there will always be cases where you will want to have the applications actually on you computer (miltary applications, medical applications, etc).

It will be intresting to see how it plays out.

5/06/2005 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

I think that the applications connected directly to hardware will be minimal, and hence wide open to competition.

If for example, your word processing software and storage are both remote, as long as your hardware can transmit the info to the remote software and return the results, it doesn't matter what else it has. This is reletively trivial. It would mean that an Windows machine, a Mac, and a Linux machine could all use the exact same word processing software and even your cell phone could use that software.

There will certainly be hardware specific applications. However, most of those have at least a partially customized OS anyway.

5/06/2005 08:45:00 AM  

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