O’Reilly’s Fourth Pattern “Rich User Experiences” discusses how applications are constantly transitioning from basic desktop programs into applications and platforms that are solely web based. With the continuation of such expansions as this – is poses the question . . . What will happen to desktop computers in the future? Will they appear obsolete?
Web 2.0 applications allow for the user to contribute and collaborate with others in real-time without the hassles of desktop programs. Moving to an online application will allow for people in today’s society function and communication with ease. Providing the users with a space to work, share and collaborate, multi-task and participate is imperative in becoming a successful “Rich User Experience” application.
Google Documents is a brilliant example of a Web 2.0 application that provides users with a unique and rich user experience, all online. Google Documents is much similar to Microsoft Word, however it is available all online. The ability to do this is what makes it more appealing in many retrospects. Being able to store the files online, (no back up needed) it allows for people on-the-go to utilise these options. Using Google Documents reduces the need for carrying around numerous different copies of documents on a USB, or even constantly emailing them to yourself. Another major advantage that Google Document has is the ability to share and collaborate with others. You can easily share the document you are working on with follow colleges or class members and the ability to edit, talk and collaborate can be performed with ease. This feature is widely used in corporations and businesses because a group of people can edit the document simultaneously. Therefore reducing any overlapping, over-saving, deleting information that may accidentally occur.
Google Documents is an ideal application that replaces the need to always be connected to a desktop. Having the ability to edit/share/collaborate on a document whilst on your iPad, tablet, etc is incredible. It provides the users with a Rich User Experience online and gives them an alternative option that suits their needs.
With the advances of technology ever increasing, it will be interesting to see whether online applications and programs will dominate the market and over power the desktop?
Google. (2012). Google Docs. Retrieved from http://www.google.com/google-d-s/documents/
O’Reilly, T. (2005). Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software. Retrieved from http://oreilly.com/pub/a/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html?page=1