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Chapter 4. Trends in Software Developmen... > Webtop Computing and Platform Indepe...

Webtop Computing and Platform Independence

Today, more and more companies are making a web browser part of the standard desktop environment. Whether for internal usage only, or with access to the entire Internet, it is hard to find a corporate desktop today without some sort of web browser. A webtop is no more than a network computing architecture that allows all of a user's functionality to be delivered via their web browser. While today most pure "webtop" environments are deployed in single function, "heads down" environments like a call center, more and more functionality is being deployed via the webtop every day. This is an evolutionary versus revolutionary process. Since most corporate desktops already have a web browser today, IT departments can start deploying webtop applications at any time using existing desktop PCs. Once all the applications required by a particular user are available on the webtop, the IT organization can evaluate moving to Network Computer clients and further reduce the desktop administration overhead.

A company's adoption of web technologies typically follows four stages as shown in Figure 4-2.


  

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