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The Progress of Web Apps

The Microsoft Edge team’s Jacob Rossi on Microsoft’s continued commitment to web-based apps and the future of Progressive Web Apps.

Slashdot Asks: Is the App Boom Over?

Riffing on a post in ReCode and research done by Quartz, Slashdot asked its readership if apps are done. The comments are especially telling. My personal favorite is this gem:

Everything has an “app” … that is a sad rehash of their website. I don’t need access to a diluted version of your content SO BAD that I’m going to store an icon for it on my phone. Maybe if people started releasing apps that were AT LEAST as fully functional as their webpages (hopefully more) people would actually download them.

Long live the Web!

Idea of the Week — Jeremy Keith

Reading Jeremy’s history with the Web, I noticed a lot of parallels with mine. I think a lot of us old timers made our way to the Web in a very similar fashion and it’s surprising how many of us made our way here through music.

Why Britain Banned Mobile Apps

This! An excellent interview with Ben Terrett:

Apps are “very expensive to produce, and they’re very very expensive to maintain because you have to keep updating them when there are software changes”


Sites can adapt to any screen size, work on all devices, and are open to everyone to use regardless of their device. “If you believe in the open internet that will always win,” he says. And they’re much cheaper to maintain, he adds, because when an upgrade is required, only one platform needs recoding.

Share this with your boss and your boss’ boss.v

Avoid Overstyling Base Styles

Excellent advice (as usual) from Jonathan Snook. Although, based on the project—such as a limited-scope site with a tight size limit—you may want to define almost everything as base styles. As with everything on the Web, it depends.