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The future of software is looking good

June 16 2011 | AJ

A while back we introduced our Cloud strategy. We described how we thought things should be – native apps + data in the Cloud + automatic background sync. The best of both worlds in our opinion.

Does this sound familiar now?

If not, it should. It’s very similar to Apple’s newly announced iCloud. The main difference between the app side of iCloud and our Cloud system is that ours is multi-user, multi-device, whereas iCloud is single-user, multi-device.

Now that Steve Jobs has described what he thinks is the best way to do software, there’s all kinds of punditry going on from the likes of John Gruber, Tim Bray, and many more.

All I can say is that it feels good that our strategy has been validated. We felt confident that our Cloud and native app strategy was the better approach (over Cloud and browser), and we feel even more confident now that Apple agrees.

Doesn’t it make a lot of sense? Computers are getting faster and more efficient all the time, yet people suggest that everything should go through the narrow, latency based channel of the browser. To make things better in the browser world, techniques such as AJAX and local storage have been hacked in. Sure there are many things the browser is right for (like this blog), but for all apps? I don’t think so.

Now one can argue that we can’t reach everyone if we go with OS X and iOS native apps, but at 254 million devices and counting – it’s a decent audience.

I for one am happy that the future isn’t totally browser based. The future is looking good!

Until next time…
AJ