Intel has sent Renée James, senior vice president and general manager of its software and services group, to the annual Developer Forum to reveal more details of what the company is calling 'transparent computing.'
According to a presentation by James made late last night, the concept of transparent computing is best envisioned as an open development ecosystem resulting in code that can run across multiple environments and devices - putting an end to the problem of developing one app for desktops, another for tablets, another for smartphones and so forth.
'With transparent computing, software developers no longer must choose one environment over another in order to maintain profitability and continue to innovate,
' claimed James. 'Consumers and businesses are challenged with the multitude of wonderful, yet incompatible devices and environments available today. It's not about just mobility, the cloud or the PC; what really matters is when all of these elements come together in a compelling and transparent cross-platform user experience that spans environments and hardware architectures. Developers who embrace this reality are the ones who will remain relevant.
The secret to truly transparent computing, James explained, is HTML5. Using HTML5, Intel thinks, developers will be able to better address multiple devices from a single development branch - although, naturally, this applies more to some applications than others. A social networking or image sharing service over HTML5 is pretty sensible, for example; a first-person shooter, while possible, is not.
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