Every now and then I get into a discussion where someone thinks locally installed software applications will always be the dominant player in the market – kinda like the way dinosaurs will always rule the world.
Contrast this attitude with Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie. There is no company who would be more invested in saying that that web-based applications are a lark, or unproven, or lack security, or will always be secondary to desktop-based applications. No one is more invested in undermining the credibility of web-based applications and software as a a service model. Is it possible to overstate Microsoft’s dominance in desktop and what that dominance means to their business? If there were any possible reason at all to dismiss software as service, wouldn’t you think they would be the first to say it?
Yet, here’s what their Chief Software Architect says,
“The OS that we’re using today is kind of in the model of a ’70s or ’80s vintage workstation. It was designed for a LAN, it’s got this great display, and a mouse, and all this stuff, but it’s not inherently designed for the Internet. The Internet is this resource in the back end that you can design things to take advantage of. You can use it to synchronize stuff, and communicate stuff amongst these devices at the edge.”
Ozzie goes on to describe how Microsoft is re-engineering all of their applications to be delivered over the web. When Microsoft sees the day of the LAN has come and gone, shouldn’t you?