One of the biggest reasons I’ve been switching to online apps is because I tend to use a few different computers. I have a laptop, a computer in my home office, a computer in the family study and I will quite often jump onto a different PC at work if I want to do something quickly but couldn’t be bothered to set my laptop up.
However, I’m asking myself today, what other benefits do online applications have, because Google Desktop 3 supposedly means you can get access to your documents and work history regardless of where you are.
The answer I keep coming up with then is collaboration. With services like Google Desktop 3, as well as online storage services like OmniDrive, you don’t need a hosted app to get that portability and mobility I love so much. So online apps already need to go a step beyond. They need to take advantage of the fact that being online they can be accessed by anyone, edited, ammended, shared. That probably requires some re-thinking of the way we use our applications. Who’s up to it?