Web applications are onea that are used through your web browser. Examples include facebook, gmail and basecamp. This is instead of an application (or program) that is installed on your desktop such as outlook or word.
- Most of your information is stored on a server somewhere. These means you can spill a whole pot of coffee on your computer and it can completely burn up. As long as you remember your url (web address), username and password, once you get a new computer and all you have to do login and you are back in business.
- By and large, you don’t have to worry about versions or OS (operating system) compatibility. No different versions for Macs and Windows, no worrying about installing updates.
- No disk space (or very little) is taken up on your computer or device.
- You can use your application on different computers. You can use on your work computer, your home computer, laptop and tablet, and likely have no issues. Snow days are no problems any more.
If there are any, it’s only that you need to be connected to the internet for all of this to work. Your internet goes down, and you can’t get to your app. Also, internet speed may play a factor. Most web apps don’t need too much bandwidth, but some will. If you have a slow internet connection, that may affect the performance of your web app.
With more and more people accessing information, saving information and sharing information the more appealing a web based program or application is for speed, convenience and learning curve. Most of us are using them every day in more ways than we know.