So why do we need apps anyway?

Ben Werdmuller, Weblog, May 04, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting statement, on many dimensions: "Ebooks don't cut it: everyone wants an app." It makes me think back a couple hundred years when I played with the idea that content would come with it's one content player attached (this would be in pre-internet days). So you wouldn't need an application like MS-Word or PowerPoint; you'd just play the content. I still think it's a good idea, but oh so inelegantly executed by Apple. Ben Werdmuller points tio the way forward: "If the ePub standard was updated to allow HTML5, it would evolve into a format for self-contained, multi-platform apps that could be sold in the same way as ebooks, music, videos, or apps in something like the iTunes App Store. Except app publishers would only need to build once to support many different kinds of mobile platform, thereby reducing the barrier to entry."
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