School 2.0

Webware 2.0

What is Webware?

Webware is any application running directly in your browser, usually doesn’t require any special installs – although small tility downloads like flash plug-ins or Java Virtual Machine may enhance the webware tool.

According to, there’s a shift underway in how people use computers and the Internet. Every day more cool utilities is being delivered over the Web. Full applications can now be run in a browser, accessible from any computer. Software? It’s no longer required. Software is becoming Webware.

There are different types of Webware.

  • Productivity applications. Microsoft may own the desktop, but not the Web. Online, Google has solid productivity apps. And there are dozens of upstarts in this market too.
  • Data-driven applications. Many new online services rely on real-time data that simply could not be encapsulated into software. Examples include Google Maps, Zillow and Farecast.
  • Community services. Webware enables people to network, share their lives, and work together. Examples are MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube, and SmartSheet.

We hope we can introduce some of the new and useful Web applications here, so that you can try them out and maybe use them as mash-ups with our iSchool Suite of products.