"We'll wire everyone up faster and also decide the tiers"
"Really want to go there?"
What happens to ALOT of old windows pc's? They get linux installed on them to give them a few more years of usefulness = a loss of revenue for microsoft.
The old windows pcs are already paid up with the windows software, where is the revenue that MS would be getting from them if they didn't have linux on?
The only MMORPGs that run in the browser that I know of are in Flash... (Dofus for example, 11 million players) Unless you count any online game with a bit of a RPG side a MMORPG.
Umm... RuneScape? Java "The game has approximately 10 million active accounts per month, over 156 million registered accounts, and is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's most popular free MMORPG" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RuneScape
Although you may be right, all that means is that in 5 to 10 years Web applications will reach the state of the art of current native applications. This furthermore assumes that the latter will remain static during that time.
So, yes, perhaps in 5 years you'll finally be able to play Angry Birds or WoW on your browser, but I would expect native applications by then to offer an even richer experience.
You can already play Angry Birds in your browser, its one of the games on Google+ and you can play it from the Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/aknpkdffaafgjchaibgeefbgmgeghloj
And here's some early try outs of Rage levels in WebGL in a browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0S2dsuSxHw
A local app will always be faster than anything running in the browser.
Go ahead, do something along the lines of RAGE in a browser.
Early days, but something like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0S2dsuSxHw - iOS RAGE rendered with WebGL
And, Flash is standard.
Apple would disagree - especially for the iPad and iPhone
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