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IT shouldn't count out mobile Web apps
This article is part of the Modern Mobility issue of February 2016 issue, Volume 2, Issue 2
Love them or hate them, Web apps are here to stay. Unlike native mobile apps, mobile Web apps run in an Internet browser and don't live on the endpoint device. In this age of "app-ification," where IT shops are trying to turn every business process into a native app for smartphones and tablets, it's almost strange that we even have Web apps. But there are plenty of ways to make Web apps useful for employees and customers. They work across any mobile platform, help overcome local device storage limitations and give IT free reign over deployment and update schedules. Got storage? Any application that's designed for a large amount of people is a great example of when to use mobile Web apps. Mobile storage is notoriously overpriced, and many users spend a lot of time managing the preciously small amount of storage on their phones. Web apps are helpful here because businesses can reach their customers easily without having to drop a storage payload onto their mobile devices. For enterprise developers, this approach would be ...
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