December 13, 2012

2012: Year the Desktop App Died

John Herrman, BuzzFeed

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"Which email program should I get? Which browser? Which messaging app? What about a music player? I hate iTunes." These questions used to be interesting, and I used to enjoy answering them. Finding and customizing desktop clients, be they feature-rich MP3 players like Winamp or Foobar or only-the-nerds-know gems like Trillian or Miranda for instant messages, or Infranview for images, FoxIt reader for PDFs and even little utilities like Caffeine, an app for keeping your Mac from going to sleep, was a full-on pastime.

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