The Lebron stack
Here are the reasons I found so far
- Most stuff happens in the browser Selling anything, you want to be where the people are. For regular people that’s on their smartphone using a web app or just a native app, which in most cases is a web app wrapped as a native app. Emerging markets makes this shift towards the browser happen even faster. The Firefox OS may fail as an OS, but still succeed creating a standard smartphone API for web applications, the WebAPI. This will make it even easier to create web apps for all of the world’s smartphones, which leads me on to my next point.
- Easier for startups and developers Competing with the big ones is never easy. Amazon Web Services, AWS, and similar services made it a little easier to scale hardware use dynamically, and from that, the cost of hardware. With the browser as a VM and single page applications a lot of the web application rendering and logic is moved from the servers to the clients. So for a small company the choice is easy. Why do all the heavy lifting on your own servers when the users can do most of the application rendering and logic on their smartphones? The irony in the old “thin vs. thick client” debate is that the clients actually got a lot thinner, and in the same go started doing more of the heavy lifting. While a Google data center is impressive, I also got a feeling it’s a sign of something gone terribly wrong.
- Cheaper hardware for regular users Okay, most people access the Internet through their phone, but the Chromebook explains this point very well. Why have a full OS, with all the hardware costs to run it fairly fast, when all you do is fire up a browser? The browser is the OS more and more each day. Last time my desktop at home broke down, I bought a new one. The new one was state of the art and it was a miscalculation buying it. Almost every time I boot it (running Ubuntu), I’m asked to upgrade to the newest version. That means every half year or so. The laptop I have, I actually use a little, but much less than my pad/tablet and phone.
- Everything fun is online Not a real argument, but hey… Isn’t it true?
But what about the Forage search engine you say?
Anything you want to add to or subtract from the list?