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If you had to pick a device that either had any native app you wanted other than a browser, or one that only had a browser and no other offline apps, which would you pick? Chances are, you’d pick the device with a browser. The internet’s a great place for reading, finding info, and social network, but it’s also many of our go-to way to stay productive and get entertainment. You can do anything in your browser, from playing Angry Birds to solving complicated integration problems in Wolfram Alpha.

Pretty soon, you might even be using your browser to dial phone numbers and take pictures, if Mozilla has its way. It’s working on an innovative browser-based phone OS called Boot to Gecko where everything you use in the whole device is coded in HTML5. It’s also working on a new cross-device apps marketplace to let you buy web-based apps that run and feel more like native apps.

Could something like this actually change the mobile app ecosystem?

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Windows 8 looks fairly awesome, a definite advancement in the user interface work at Microsoft. I’ve always been a fan of Metro on Windows Phone 7, and can’t wait to get a chance to install the Windows 8 developer preview on my MacBook Air to check out the Metro UI on a traditional computing machine. While it’s still a Microsoft product, Windows 8 is something radically different and is only helping the web standards cause.

Microsoft is using a “new application model” for Windows 8, which includes powering apps with standards-compliant HTML and Javascript. Plus, they’re ditching Flash.

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