Clouds vs Apps vs Browsers: who will win?

29.09.11


Today Amazon has introduced its new tablets: Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch. Though these devices are not designed for business but for entertainment - they showed very interesting feature - the Silk browser. Its allows optimally share the web-page rendering job between browser and the (Amazon's) cloud (which serves as an intermediate server). In result, even at low connection speed web pages are loaded very quickly. Of course this technology is not completely new. For example, Opera Mini uses the same technology. But Amazon (as an expert in cloud computing) raised this technology to the new level, and initiated a new round of debates about who will win: Clouds or native appls or browsers.

Not so long ago the question was different: Who will Win, Flash, Silverlight or HTML5? It's already obvious that Flash and Silverlight are going to die. But the crazy sales of iPad, Android, Windows 7, the great popularity of App Stores suggests that the Web technologies (and, in particular, HTML5) will have tough competition against the native apps.

Firefox developer, Joe Hewitt, wrote recently wrote in his blog that the free and open Web can't compete with commercial platforms, which are professionally developed and marketed.

It seemed that the main advantage of Web applications was the unification around the single standard (because of which they work equally in all browsers and on all platforms). But, Joe Hewitt says, that until HTML5 standard has no owner, it will hardly be unified. And now, even bigger split can take place in the Web-camp: Who should do the job of building web pages: a browser or an intermediate server (the Cloud)?