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BLOG: The Web at 20: What's in store over the next two decades?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Oct. 8, 2013
This is as good a time as any to wish the Web a happy birthday. It's been a bit more than 20 years since I first wrote about what I then referred to as the "World-Wide Web." I might want to pat myself on the back for jumping on that subject pretty early, but I did spend a good chunk of that article touting something called WAIS before I ever got around to what I also styled as "the WEB."

The other part is the rise of HTML5 and its eventual successors. Today, developers still argue over HTML5 vs. native apps. But proof is mounting that software as a service and HTML5 apps can equal native apps in performance and speed.

Put this together and you get a world where the traditional PC and PC-centric operating systems such as Windows are as dead as the telegraph.

We won't think about browsers. We'll just expect computing from our glasses, our cars' "heads-up" displays and, heck, our contact lenses.

By 2033, all the world will be on the Web, and we won't think a thing of it. Except, perhaps, when we're thinking about the bad old days when we had to actually sit in front of a computer or hold a smartphone or tablet to get to it.

 

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