False Dycotomy - was "The beginning of the end of the desktop"
10 Jan 2005 - 10:10am
10 years ago
I've read the debate between Listrea and Andrei and have to admit it appears
to me like they're arguing if oranges or apples are better.
The future of interaction design way beyond that of the PC screen. We are on
the verge of IP-TV (television over IP - the next wave of interactive TV) as
well as an explosion in mobile devices (which are evolving far faster than
the humble PC).
I look at this PC based debate and to me it's clear the answer is not down
to technology but down to use. Wether you choose to use Outlook or Hotmail
is dependent on what the user is doing, not which is the better applicaiton.
With convergence ironically leading to people using more platforms, at least
for personal use.
I personaly use google groups, for example, rather than a newsreader not
because groups is better but because I can use it independent of location.
Having to install a program appears to me to be an outdated concept - but
one that is still with us. Installed applications offer better user
experiences in many cases - but not in all cases. If these applications
where on demand - then to my mind they would be much better. If I could call
up my copy of photoshop regardless of location - that would be excellent. I
would hardly call that a desktop application.
There is much happening on the horizon and we may find the concept of web
and desktop applications will both die out in a few years with neither