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    End of the Desktop? Google Backs WebGL

    Stick a fork in the desktop, it’s done! Recently Google demoed a port of Quake II to WebGL and HTML5, showing that even first person shooters are suitable applications to run in the browser. While the tide isn’t going to turn all at once, it seems more likely than ever that a browser-based desktop is a viable option and ultimately the way many users will experience all applications...
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    Re: End of the Desktop? Google Backs WebGL

    This sounds horrible. I hate this general move to all web based apps.
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    Inevitable, I've always thought.

    The day will come, but not until the vast majority of the world has reliable broadband.
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    Re: End of the Desktop? Google Backs WebGL

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    Inevitable, I've always thought.

    The day will come, but not until the vast majority of the world has reliable broadband.
    And considering even the UK doesn't have it it'll still be awhile.

    I prefer things being on my computer rather than 'in the cloud'.

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    Re: End of the Desktop? Google Backs WebGL

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    Inevitable, I've always thought.

    The day will come, but not until the vast majority of the world has reliable broadband.
    And no data caps.
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    Re: End of the Desktop? Google Backs WebGL

    Do people actually like where this is going? Web = Slow. I would rather take a bit of extra time up front and install something and have it perform faster. Especially high graphical video games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenKingpin View Post
    Do people actually like where this is going? Web = Slow. I would rather take a bit of extra time up front and install something and have it perform faster. Especially high graphical video games.
    If we assume that the current growth rate is stable:

    The Web in 1990=N/A
    The Web in 2000=56 Kb/s on average in developed countries
    The Web in 2010=20 Mb/s on average in developed countries
    The Web in 2020=~7500 Mb/s on average in developed countries
    The Web in 2030=~2685 Gb/s on average in developed countries

    Google is looking beyond the present
    Last edited by NCLI; May 3rd, 2010 at 07:12 PM.

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    Re: End of the Desktop? Google Backs WebGL

    now if Google Fiber could just pick up ground in major cities they'd have us right where they want us...and to get away from TWC...I'll jump on that bandwagon to hell.
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    Re: End of the Desktop? Google Backs WebGL

    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenKingpin View Post
    Do people actually like where this is going? Web = Slow. I would rather take a bit of extra time up front and install something and have it perform faster. Especially high graphical video games.
    At the moment, absolutely, you're right.

    But in ten years? I think we'll find that the broadband data transfers will comfortably handle the normal needs. Where I live, the slowest (cheapest) broadband Internet connection I can get is 10Mbs. I remember when cheap broadband was 150Kbs, just a few years ago.
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    Whilst the cloud offers some good aspects such as storage and office applications, I'd not be so quick as to announce the end is near for Desktops.

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