Rishi also added, “However, for this vision to become reality, competing browsers like IE, Firefox and Safari would need to embrace these extensions. Also, from a users perspective, if the primary work environment is not the browser, there’s no particular advantages to having the video-collaboration tool live only in a browser. e.g. VSee customers include people collaborating on CAD/architecture designs, or software source code, and having your video-collaboration tool fit around this workflow and not intrude on screen real-estate is a huge advantage.”
I thought that was an interesting perspective. Personally, I love cloud-based when sharing documents or videos and stuff, but when I’m trying to concentrate on one particular thing, it’s helpful for me to clear my desktop of everything except that “blank piece of paper.” In those cases, the web browser can be my biggest enemy. Now I often find myself in the Catch-22 of having to get on the Web to access my information, and getting distracted in the process.
So does it matter to you whether you’re videoconferencing from the web?
(Clarification: The “web versus native app” debate has been going on for eons at various levels, but the debate these days is really more about developing for mobile platforms which is a whole other hot topic.)
- My favorite post that I’ve seen on the debate so far is this one by Matt Gemmell. It’s more philosophical and discusses the effects of direct interaction versus going through a virtual interface. I also like the visuals used to show the differences in web and native applications.
- Techcrunch argues that Google is actually trying to get a piece of both pies when it comes to web vs. native.
- This article is a simple and clear read that doesn’t get bogged down by too much technical jargon. It’s also more of a big picture article and takes a bit of time setting the context.
- A fun-to-read assessment of the current state of “The Great Debate” by Brad Frost. In the end it’s all about putting it where the money is.
- If you’re looking for bullet points, this pro-Web app article has some good ones about when native makes sense (with a light sprinkling of tech jargon).
- This GigaOm article is a short, level-headed look at what’s holding back the web app floodgates and what’s happening now.
- If you want it coming from a developer, this blog post was clearly written.