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December 7th, 2009, 07:57 PM
Hi, I'm trying to compile a list of things that can be done in a browser, so far this is my list...

> Word Processor (Google)
> Spreadsheets (Google)
> Presentations (Google)
> Email (Google)
> Watch Videos (Google / Youtube)

is there anything else?

December 7th, 2009, 07:58 PM

December 7th, 2009, 07:59 PM

December 7th, 2009, 08:01 PM

December 7th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Convert videos, check file for viruses.

"Buy/shopping" things can be included?

Add: browse libraries (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page)

December 7th, 2009, 08:09 PM

December 7th, 2009, 08:13 PM
I think the real question is what can't you do in a browser? There are web applications for pretty much everything.

Businesses lately have been using more and more internal "cloud" applications (hosted locally on company-controlled servers, but accessible from anywhere on the company's network). Everything from to GIS software, to employee/HR record-keeping, to corporate firewall management, to X, to Y, to... can (and likely has) been done through a web-based application.

In terms of publicly-accessible, everyday things you can do in a browser here's a quick list off the top of my head:

- standard collection of text/spreadsheets/drawings/e-mail office tools (Google Docs & Spreadsheets, GMail, etc...)
- basic GIS (Google Maps, Bing Maps, etc...)
- video/audio streaming
- (s)ftp clients (FireFTP for Firefox comes to mind here)
- local file management (see Konqueror)
- local media consumption (viewing/listening to local audio/video/image files)
- local/remote service configuration (i.e. CUPS web configuration)

Giant Speck
December 7th, 2009, 08:15 PM


Giant Speck
December 7th, 2009, 08:17 PM
Also, serious business.

December 7th, 2009, 08:17 PM
I hate doing anything other than browsing in a browser. e.g. I'd rather type my documents in a real word processor than some very limited and slow cloud based word processor.

chucky chuckaluck
December 7th, 2009, 08:19 PM
being an anonymous jerk.

December 7th, 2009, 08:29 PM
I'm pretty sure browsers also offer the ability to FAIL, and to occasionally WIN.

Browsers are also the primary purveyor of LULZ to the general public.

December 7th, 2009, 09:00 PM
compile c/c++ programs

convert between formats

December 7th, 2009, 09:13 PM
It's important to consider the quality of those programs that are doable in a browser. For instance a file browser - even if HTML5 adopts viable drag and drop support you still have to have a serious filesystem api, threads, you name it. But then consider performance, we take a huge step back, you can't do decoding/encoding with a browser, it would be ridiculously slow and other stuff, are we buying powerful hardware to please (lazy) web developers who wanna get into desktop programming? I hope not, I'm myself a web developer (learning C/Gtk) and I wouldn't accept a web-application if I had to buy one, I'd demand a real one, a fast one, that doesn't need a whole browser (and maybe internet) to even be able to run.

December 8th, 2009, 02:16 PM
Hi, I'm trying to compile a list of things that can be done in a browser, so far this is my list...

> Word Processor (Google)
> Spreadsheets (Google)
> Presentations (Google)
> Email (Google)
> Watch Videos (Google / Youtube)

is there anything else?

Social Networking

Forum posting

pay bills

buy things

play games

make phone calls (Google Voice)

read transcribed voice mails (Google Voice)

listen to music

December 8th, 2009, 02:27 PM
Instant messaging

http://www.facebook.com/presence/popout.php (one of my most used IM bookmarks)

I could quite happily live in a browser i think

December 8th, 2009, 02:28 PM
World domination :popcorn:

December 8th, 2009, 05:10 PM
video editing / http://jaycut.co.uk/

music production / http://www.soundjunction.org/default.aspa

photo editing / pixlr express

photoshop-y type styff / pixlr

vector art / aviary