JISC Technology Watch open call for report on Service Clouds
Mon 10th Sep, 2007
JISC Technology and Standards Watch announces the publication of an open call for a report on service clouds and the future of browsers and desktop operating systems.
For some time there have been predictions that the browser could replace the desktop operating system as the primary interface for accessing and controlling applications. Recent moves by Google (for example, in purchasing Writely, a browser-based word processing package) suggest that this might be becoming viable. Increasingly, technology commentators argue that applications will move off the desktop to become services provided over the Web through a 'service cloud'. Such applications are sometimes referred to as 'thin' clients or Rich Internet Applications (RIA) in contrast to desktop-based applications, which are considered 'thick'.