Spent a bit of time writing this. We build a desktop app, so really interested to hear what people have to say.
Hey David, good to see you here. It's been forever since the Google Blackbox days.. :-)
Article has come out to be really nice. Great work at Hiri!!
Article is not that popular here unfortunately :) Not to worry. Hope all is well with you!
One of the best articles I have read on the whole desktop v web app discussion. Very clear and makes a lot of sense.
Another factor is that Apple and Google aren't giving their web browsers (Safari and Chrome respectively) the amount of power and API support that their mobile/desktop platforms get.
They are way more incentivised from a business/money point of view to get people using their app stores (aka walled gardens). They aren't incentivised to give more power to the open web by strengthening web browser and their capabilities.
This is an excellent point. Most people don't realise that this is true for Safari on mobile. The nitro engine in Safari mobile is much older than the desktop version. This is a deliberate choice. Apple are building moats.
As a vendor, it also really annoys me that they are making it more difficult to be outside the Apple MacOS app store. Every new release of MacOS is making it more difficult to install 3rd party software and ramping up the "this software is dangerous" rhetoric.
Great read! Couldn't have said it better. Well done David. I'm trying to give up software renting (looking at you Adobe) and I'm using more and more the Affinity software but can't jump the ship 100% yep and I've tried online alternatives like Figma and Gravit but for the same reasons you mentioned, I can't get comfortable using them. As long as something will still be called a computer I think there will be dedicated software. I mean look at the Google Slate and Chrome OS which is a joke when it comes to productivity.