In one of my previous posts I was talking about the demise of Microsoft. In fact, more than the demise of Microsoft, it’s the demise of dektop applications. Let’s consider the 3 most important things people do on a PC (we’ll exclude things like chat which is already web-based).
1. Office Apps.
This is i think what most people use their PC for these days – writing documents and doing exel jobs. With Google Docs, this can be done online. Yet can we completely replace Ms Word or its OpenOffice counter-part by Google Word. In 75% of cases, i’d say yes but when massive documents need to be written, having the full functionality of Word does help.
Also, i’ve still not seen the equivalent of a presentation software available in Web 2.0 for now. So there’s scope for more work.
2. Play games
This comes right next to writing documents. Minesweeper, Solitaire,… have their counterpart on the web and there are millions more. What is not available is 3D games that people play. World of Warcraft is played on the web but still requires a quite big desktop client. So still need a good PC for that.
Despite having a lot of bandwidth these days, people still can’t watch DVD quality movies on the web whenever they feel like it. The best alternative is still to have your movies or your music stored on your hard disk. internet radios are coming but in Mauritius at least, it’s best to listen to your MP3 locally.
So it seems that the demise of the PC is not for tomorrow. Microsoft has a lot of good years ahead of it and for programmers, it also means that there are lots of Ajax applications waiting to be developped; e.g. manipulating photos online, online drawing packages and other geeky stuff that would look like Google earth. So let’s get top work n why not make some money out of them 🙂