Friday, April 18, 2003

The future of the Broswer ?

Earlier thought: A browser should do everything from viewing content to sending mails to editing webpages

Now: Develop separate apps which do it. Gurunet, IM ( you can type "weather" into the window of an IM program and instantly get a brief forecast for your hometown)" , why should I have to type in a URL, have it load and render a page, then figure out where to go on that page? I think it makes a lot more sense if I can type in the word 'weather,' the software knows who I am and tells me what I want to know."

The Web browser isn't designed for applications; it's designed for documents," said Kevin Lynch, Macromedia's chief software architect. "I think developers have done an amazing job of stretching what the browser is capable of doing. But we think there's a need for an environment specifically designed for hosting applications."

"One of the disadvantages of the browser is that there aren't very good ways of organizing information," Meyrowitz said. "Bookmarks just don't do the whole job. There's no real sense of place for the information you want to come back to."

A browser is passive. It does not recognise you ro what you have looked for. So there is a need for applications that take at least some of the initiative to find information relevant to the user.

Macromedia expects developers to create myriad Flash applications that will prove equally valuable regardless of whether they are connected to the Internet, by providing an optimized environment for viewing and storing data.


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