I still see spells of UI vs Browser App in articles and conversations across the Internet. Google has already proven that you can have a very robust client-server application utilizing a Web browser. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is the future of web development and applications. The Operating System of the future could simply be a browser and the user can utilize, transfer, and open files across servers rather than across clients. This will save on bandwidth as well as local storage, virus protection, upgrades, etc., etc.
Of course, this evolution will also change the way that applications work. I read about the Raskin Center online and wasn’t even aware that there was an Institute that studied human interaction with computers. Wow. I may need to pick up the book.
Apple is already putting the technology to work (surprise!) via its hardware… we should start seeing this crop up in software very soon: