2008 may prove to be the year of the web application. Google has brought the spreadsheet and word processor online. I have been able to access my email online forever. And now Intuit is set to launch Quicken Online in January.
I couldn’t be more excited! But not just because I have been waiting for a trusted online financial manager that allows me to manage my finances from any computer, but also because of the implications.
Almost two months ago in my entry entitled Peering Into The Future, I mentioned that one of the biggest trends coming in mobile computing is connectivity and that this opens up the world for web-based applications. Both appear to be coming to pass. Already AT&T announced that the iPhone in 2008 will have Internet connectivity as fast as DSL and there are rumors that RIM is developing a BlackBerry that uses the same network (called 3G). I’m sure, although I haven’t heard, that Motorola, Samsung and the rest are not far behind.
Now, Intuit lends credibility to the web-based application. When big companies start to jump in it is a very good sign. Intuit’s online version will not only work in your web browser, but also on your iPhone (as reported by MacWorld Magazine here).
If software starts moving online and customers accept it, I predict that all of us — customers and companies — will be much happier. And that, my friends, will make a very happy New Year!