Are Web Apps and Services Heading to Extinction?
Are Web apps and services heading to extinction as common Web functionality becomes embedded in Mobile apps and interfaces - or - within commonly used apps, such as e-mail? Specifically, Web-based apps like Twitter have new competition in Google Buzz, which integrates micro-blogging directly into your e-mail. Another example would be the many Web-based calendar and event services. Many of these independent Web apps have their own interfaces. Can a Google Calendars, iCal, or Outlook calendar disintermediate these Web-based calendar services with the direct access they have to your calendar on mobile devices and your most critical calendar app. Google, Apple, and Microsoft already have expansive and third-party calendars that you can subscribe to without going to any third-party Web site.