There was a time when people purchased a local copy of software they needed and installed it on their system (usually a Windows PC). Then came the cloud and people started to access what they needed online and hence stopped buying software to install on their system. Now we have apps which, you have guessed it, people purchase and install on their systems and in some ways have taken us back to the “old’ days.
When the cloud came along it was hailed as a breakthrough in IT (and it really is). You no longer needed a specific operating system to access your data. With the cloud you can access your emails, productivity software using either Google Apps or Office 365, invoicing, remote software etc. The possibilities are endless because all you need is a browser (that is why Chromebooks work so well).
Into the fray came tablets and smartphones devices, which were meant to access the cloud services on the go, and with the tablets and smartphones came apps. Apps are essentially programs you install on a local device like we did back in the “old” days. Apps have made it so much easier to access cloud based solutions that people are slowly turning away from using a browser.
At launch Windows RT was hammered because the Windows Store didn’t contain lots of apps. What people failed to realise was that they could still access what they wanted through a browser and that is the whole point of the cloud. You don’t need a specific operating system or piece of software to access a web based service but apps are slowly changing that. I know of people who are so entrenched in the Apple ecosystem that they couldn’t move to Android because they would lose their apps even though most apps are now cross platform.
Apps are starting to take us back to a time when your choice of operating system was significant meaning we are starting to go full circle.
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