The future of web apps

The capabilities available to websites and apps have changed a lot since the early days of static pages. Even in recent times we've seen many significant advancements: native animations, simple flexible layouts (finally), real 3D graphics and streaming video, to name but a few. But there is still more to do, especially if the web is to compete effectively with native platforms.

Spec writers and browser engineers have been looking at the features that make native platforms and their apps so popular, seeing how the web matches up, and working hard to fill any holes in the web platform's capabilities. Essentially it boils down to a handful of killer features, some of which are pretty simple to implement, others not so much. The following isn't an exhaustive list, but it covers the main areas. Native apps are:

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Chris Mills is senior tech writer at Mozilla.