Some interesting thoughts on the battle for the desktop (via Slashdot):
“Carving out an x86 [PC] foothold is incredibly important, and must be done if Google apps and services are to be competitive with the next generation of Microsoft Web connected stuff. The appeal to developers has to be more than just compelling API alternatives.”
I think Google used wave to demonstrate the power of HTML 5, and is counting on developers to do the rest. Gary isn’t so sure. “Sometimes I wonder if Google has a grip on it all. Microsoft certainly does. And at this point, there is little room for mistakes by any of the major stakeholders.”
I think the answer lies with HTML 5-compliant mobile device browsers, a potential gold-mine which will attract a tsunami of developers large and powerful enough to rip the sails right off Microsoft’s boat. Gary had a lot to say about mobile browsers, and I’ll detail that in my next post.