We don't "browse" the web anymore. We don't view "web sites" either. Let's face it, we run applications in what is essentially a bloated runtime with enough features to be its own OS.

@ryan659 Yes. That's for sure. Web browsers have grown into a rich client platform. There's a bunch of reasons for that, some better than others. Choice of technology aside, I still wonder whether this is all bad.

@z428 Web browsers have been on (then-) current platforms since the web has existed. But in that time the performance demands for web browsing have increased significantly. Does someone really need to write an application in the web, likely only optimised for one web browser (Chrome..) with relatively high resource requirements compared to a native application which doesn't need anywhere near as many features as a web browser provide?


@ryan659 ... many cases the only really working option for access to the outside world), little to no real "cross-platform" development tooling (try building and maintaining a rich, desktop-integrated, up-to-date application for MacOS, Linux, Windows with something that isn't web/electron these days...) and a few others, not even talking about mobile. To me, browsers being used as application platforms actually just shows one thing: There would have been a dire need for an easy-on, ...

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