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Web Is The Operating System

November 30th, 2010 by Seth Kenvin

Consolidating video.Market7 to a single platform, for all devices

I’m catching up some this evening on tech news. Yammer, a provider of in-a-company social-networking software, which we’ve used, just raised $25 million, bringing its total funding to $40 million. Despite all of that funding, an interviewer still hammers the company on deficiencies in its offerings for Blackberry, iPhone and Android. This highlights a couple points:

  • One is the clear importance for collaborative software (like ours, in addition to Yammer’s) to support every user, at all times, in any place, on whatever device is in use.
  • Secondly, doing that through specific applications for specific environments is hard, even with $40 million.

Market7 is currently rallying fiercely towards complete support for mobile usage, but we are endeavoring to do so without compartmentalizing essential features to a variety of device-dependent applications. Instead we are doing it through standards-based web-access to rich features performing well within browsers on any device. This has always been a major element of the web’s promise, and a notion seeming to regain momentum as both the benefits and challenges of device-specific apps become apparent.

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Pads as phones as main platforms for all applications?

March 31st, 2010 by Seth Kenvin

Week Of Deep Thoughts Post #3

Five days after surgery and for first time some pain is felt. Nothing too acute, feels like a thigh bruise, a bit above the knee. Appointment with doctor tomorrow, we’ll see what he thinks. For now I’m tired & uncomfortable, so today’s deep thoughts are short.

Again staying with the news, the initial iPad reviews have been coming out today. Considering this platform, along with the energy that’s in Android & iPhone app development, some are speculating a future in which portable, wireless devices with minimal hardware peripherals, including no physical keyboard, will increasingly be the environment for all computing.

All computing of course includes a broadening range of activities. Watching video? Agreed that seems great on a pad that’s light, easily held & presents content brightly. But I’d rather write a blog post, even as short as this one, with the benefit of a keyboard. Laptops have been with us in just about their current forms for a long time now, I suppose two decades, and the hinged keyboard motif is due for some innovation before long. But right now the screen-only pad does not appear to provide a solution for many tasks that require not just consumption, but also user input & interaction including much on our video.Market7.

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