For longer than I can remember, people have asked me, “What is your favorite app?” The answer to this question is typically whatever does the job I need it to do when I need it to do it. This means if I am out of the house and I want to make sure my alarm is set, the app for that is my favorite one at that time. If you asked me to name one in particular to be my all time favorite, I’d have to say the browser.
There is no platform more prolific and universally available than the web. The web is home to the largest hub of information known to man, the best apps, and tools for just about every job you could imagine needing to have done. Through my browser, I can check my bank account, do my taxes, get directions, communicate with others, and even edit photos. It doesn’t matter if I’m using a device running on OS X, Windows, Linux, iOS, Windows Phone 7, or Android. The web is the most universal platform in existence presently.
The web never requires me to update, upgrade, or buy a pro version. It’s always there, day or night and it doesn’t care if I’m running a netbook phone, or desktop system.
When you think about it, most modern apps actually rely on the web to operate. A large number of these apps contact online services which are in themselves applications that can be accessed using a simple browser. There is a time and a place for apps, but if you look in terms of sheer amount of functionality and diversity, the web is second to none.
So, if you want to know what my favorite app is in general, I’d have to say Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and even Internet Explorer are among apply because I use them to access my favorite software platform.