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What will the browser look like in five years?

I enjoyed this little interview.

Mac Slocum at O’Reilly radar interviewed Opera’s Charles McCathieNevile on the web browser’s near-term future

What will the browser look like in five years?

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the latest frog in the boiling water experience is the slow emergence of a converged browser app that combines our usual productivity apps, mobile and OS. How much time do you spend in browser type apps versus dedicated apps? Advances in device interoperability, Java, HTML5, mobile bandwidth and cloud computing will finish off that trend until the next one comes along to subsume it. There will always be people working in institutions that prefer to stay well behind the curve. The direction of change is still well known to them, they’re just captive in the caboose instead of the engine.

Virtual reality anyone?


Posted on: April 25, 2010, 12:52 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Stephen,
    I think there is a fundamental flaw in their view of the browser of the future. For now, the OS limits the computer to a solitary activity, but browsers don’t have to be so limited. As a doctoral student studying collaborative information behavior, we librarians, library system-designers, and general system-designers have always assumed information behavior is an individual task, however research is demonstrating that this is just not true. The only reason that people use computers alone is because they are designed that way.

    What will the browser of the future look like? Think way outside of the box. It will look more like MMORPG than the current one-to-one interaction.