I'm having an ongoing email exchange with my friend Peter. He's convinced MS and Adobe herald a new age of Rich Internet Applications. He pointed me to this guy who's backed up a tanker to the Kool-Aid trough.
Sure, MS and Adobe have to sell something as the Next Thing -- what else have they got? But we've had RIA ever since Java 1.1 applets. We have Flash. We have <embed> and <object>. Do you really think what's been holding RIA back is the technology?
Users have voted with their mice, and they've voted for the web experience -- exploring the web information space using hyperlinks -- as far more important than whizzy UI. Ask eBay. Ask MySpace.
Hugh Winkler holding forth on computing and the Web
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