Forrester Research’s Chairman and CEO George Colony said recently that the world is moving toward the “App Internet, which offers a “faster, simpler and better Internet experience.” The App Internet market is worth $2.2 billion, according to Forrester Research, and decision makers at 41% of companies are now moving away from Web-based software toward the App Internet, Colony said.
Dave Winer, however, makes a compelling argument that apps are not the future, because of their closed nature:
Visualize each of the apps they want you to use on your iPad or iPhone as a silo. A tall vertical building. It might feel very large on the inside, but nothing goes in or out that isn’t well-controlled by the people who created the app. That sucks!
The great thing about the web is linking. I don’t care how ugly it looks and how pretty your app is, if I can’t link in and out of your world, it’s not even close to a replacement for the web. It would be as silly as saying that you don’t need oceans because you have a bathtub. How nice your bathtub is. Try building a continent around it if you want to get my point.
What do you think?