Network Applications Need A Network Connection

from the well-duh dept

There’s been a lot of talk lately about a resurgence in applications that live in the network, particularly consumer applications, fomented mainly by the speculation swirling around the Google-Sun announcement that turned out to be nothing a few weeks back. Now, some people are realizing that yes, you need a network connection to use network applications, and that because net connectivity isn’t 100% reliable (for various reasons), net-based applications are a bad idea. Of course, this hasn’t stunted the growth of hosted applications in the enterprise market, but it could be a concern for a lot of users, particularly those with flaky connections. But to argue that network applications should be totally discarded is a bit extreme — the ideal solution probably lies somewhere in combining both local applications with network features like automatic backup or access to additional features and functions. The whole “the network is the computer” idea hasn’t panned out exactly like the marketing people that came up with the tagline thought it would, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer some benefits.

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Brian (user link) says:

Re: network apps

I actually don’t see what the big deal is…I’ve never had my network connection go out. Hell, I’ve ever used 9V batteries to run my modem and plugged that into a laptop while the power was out! You’re saying network access will soon be as reliable as electricity (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what you’re saying)…well, mine is already MORE reliable!

Seb says:

RE: Network Applications Need A Network Connection

I’m not sure I understand the Google-Sun excitement. The pros and cons for network applications go beyond the issue(?) of connectivity. Personally, I enjoy a good connectivity.
I’m also not waiting for Google (or anybody else) to use a network office suite:
*Disclaimer: I have no relation to thinkfree besides being a user 😉 *

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