False Dycotomy - was "The beginning of the end of thedesktop"
10 Jan 2005 - 9:55am
10 years ago
> Having to install a program appears to me to be an outdated 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.
Again, "It Depends".
When all data is resident in the eether of the Internet, then I can agree to
a limited extent, but most of my interactions still require deep connections
and interfacing to the desktop. The day of the local hard drive is still
alive and well. I'm not saying it is permanent, but it is still here for the
next decade, I suggest.
But even then, until the technology around distributed GUIs are as fluid and
dynamic as those that are installed, then there possible is need for
I do not think this is black and white, but really dependent on so many
issues beyond technology, the designer, or even the user.