HTML5 code could replace Windows applications

Interesting insights from on the next generation standards – HTML 5

HTML5 could soon allow any kind of application to run inside a browser, enabling developers to build software that runs across virtually any platform, according to Microsoft’s Paul Cotton, who also co-chairs the W3C HTML5 working group.

Cotton said in an interview with that there was no reason why browser-based apps built with HTML5 should not match the experience of native Windows applications in the future, even for graphics-intensive software.

Such applications, being built around web standards, could run on any platform or system, whether a Windows PC, a Mac or a mobile device running Android or Apple’s iOS, allowing developers to target a much wider market.

“Not only are the specs moving in that direction, but I think that some of the things browsers are putting into their environment are moving in that direction as well,” Cotton said.

He cited products such as Microsoft’s Office 365 suite, which already delivers “a pretty rich set of applications that work reasonably well”, as an indication of what future business applications may look like.

However, Cotton said that there is a dearth of developer tools to build HTML5 applications, and that this would have to change before web apps can reach their full potential.

“I don’t think something like Adobe Flash is going to go away soon. Until the marketplace gives us a rich set of HTML5 development tools, [developers] will continue to march to the place that gives them the best tooling,” he said.

1 Comment

  1. Adam says:

    One interesting solution that takes advantage of the capabilities of HTML5 is Ericom’s HTML5 Client for VMware View. This client allows you to access your VMware View virtual desktops from any HTML5-compatible web browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, etc.). It does not require any additional plug-ins, add-ons or installation of any kind on the end user device. The client runs on Windows, Linux, Mac and Chrome OS netbooks, desktops, laptops and thin clients.

    All you need to try the beta is:

    – An HTML5-compatible browser
    – Link to a web page
    – Computer name of the VMware View server
    – Hit “Connect” and the virtual desktop will appear within the browser – not in a separate window

    For more information about this solution, and to download the beta, go to:

    For a video:


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