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Is Web 2.0 Changing the Software Industry? - MasterMaq.ca Blog
The last session of the day that I am attending is with Mike McDerment, Chris Messina, Matt Mullenweg, and Stowe Boyd, who will be discussing whether or not they thing Web 2.0 is changing the software industry. Here are my notes (my comments in italics): Matt describes a web service as a web page meant for a computer. Mike is confusing web services and web applications maybe? What Mike means is a service like Basecamp, where users pay a monthly fee to use the service. Stowe likes the term/phrase, "the freemium model", where base capabilites are free and you turn on a for fee model after some limit is hit. I like the phrase too, and the business model. It's a natural way that people get hooked and then like a service so much they'll pay. Matt points out that a nice thing about these services is that you don't have to worry about security, or upgrades, or any of that sort of thing. The significance of consuming apps online instead of in a shrinkwrapped way, is huge, according to Stowe.