…the dismissiveness towards web based mobile applications, fueled in part by Zuckerberg’s September comments, seems short-sighted. In an industry with little appreciation for either history or nuance, it is perhaps unsurprising that attitudes towards mobile/native tend to be so binary.
But it was once thought that webmail would never be a realistic threat to native email applications, and that the idea that enterprises would ever consume applications like CRM or ERP through a browser was folly. If time didn’t make fools of those convinced of those truths, it certainly exposed the truths as foolish.
If our experience is any guide, HTML5 is more capable today than is commonly realized. And it is likely to be more capable in future than anyone currently realizes.