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  • March 13, 2012

Screenshot of Java Desktop Accounting Browser

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

It seems to me that more and more desktop applications are custom web browsers, receiving content from the web, but displaying it in their own frame, instead of the frame provided by FireFox or Internet Explorer, since those frames are too generic and don't provide all the required features to satisfy specific business requirements.

The Cloud is ubiquitous but standard web browsers provide a very limited view on the wealth of data it makes available. Mobile phones and tablets could be seen to be custom web browsers too, while here's a nice example of a custom web browser from Sweden, which could be seen as an accounting-oriented web browser:

(More info about the above: Björn Lundén Information AB.)

Web browsers, in the sense of generic web browsers such as FireFox and Internet Explorer, are, after all, desktop applications too. But for many corporate requirements, these web browsers are insufficient while, conversely, being too heavyweight for consumers. Web browsers, as we know them, are being crowded out by the alternatives, either because the compact size of mobile phones and tablets make them increasingly attractive to consumers or because the functionality they provide is simply too generic to be useful for corporate applications.

As Jonathan L. Zittrain puts it in The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It, “It is a mistake to think of the Web browser as the apex of the PC’s evolution.”

From "The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet".

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Bogomil Shopov Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    You can easily integrate Firefox gecko into any app.

    The problem with "custom browsers" are they doesn't support most of the modern web standards.

  • ReinoutS Wednesday, March 14, 2012
  • Dominique De Vito Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    IMHO the future would be a mixin: any technology that will let you mix a web browser (for not reinventing the wheel) and a traditional rich client into a *single* platform. From that point of view, Java+JavaFX inside a single JRE is a good candidate.

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