Progressive Web Apps (PWA) can be the next platform – with Chrome, Samsung Internet and now Firefox Mobile supporting the concept and Safari in future. PWA can sit seamlessly alongside native apps right now on your device and soon in the app stores.

Desktop support is in progress, congratulations if you are a web developer you may be called software developer in future, as the two disciplines will be indistinguishable in future. As will any concept of a ‘mobile’ browser, as now the OS are starting to run on any form factor.

Truly multi-platform progress.

From my latest post on mobile browser choices on http://www.paulfosterdesign.co.uk

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Mobile Browser Choice Revisited

Mobile Browser Choice Revisited

Are there still tough choices choosing a mobile OS and your mobile browser choice?

The choice between iOS and Android and their differences, no longer affects your browser choice as much as before. Browser choice has expanded and there are a number of cross-platform browser options!

I explore the current choices in my latest post, Mobile Browser Choice Revisited on paulfosterdesign.co.uk

Web development explained to a time traveler from ten years ago

I’m glad that you’re still interested in computers! Today we have many more of them than we did 10 years ago, and that comes with new challenges. We wear computers on our wrists and faces, keep them in our pockets, and have them in our fridges and kettles. The cars are driving themselves pretty well, and we’ve taught programs to be better than humans at pretty much every game out there — except maybe drinking.

Crazy what can happen in 10 years.

via Web development explained to a time traveler from ten years ago

Windows Phone was a glorious failure

But the overall failure of Windows Phone masks a series of smaller successes and advances, which Microsoft and its hardware partners have never received enough credit for. At its outset in 2010, Windows Phone was the boldest and most original reimagining of what a smartphone can be after Apple’s iPhone introduction three years prior. Unlike Android, Windows Phone was not a re-creation of the iOS icon grid; also unlike Android, Windows Phone ran fast and fluid on very basic hardware.

via Windows Phone was a glorious failure – The Verge

This pretty much sums up why I, even after abandoning Windows, bought a plucky Nokia Lumia 520 and loved it.

Power Cut Status Page
Power Cut Status Text Only Web Page

The local power company provides their power cut status in a table as a text only responsive web page.

We recognise that during a power cut customers won’t have access to WIFI. If you’re using 3G/4G then you may have trouble downloading images so here’s a simple list of all of the current power cuts we’re aware of in London, South and East of England. This is exactly the same information you’ll find on our interactive map.

With recent weather events I recalled this screenshot I took as a good example of knowing your users and their requirements. During a power cut those are your constraints and you are glad someone had the foresight to provide the information quickly and considerately in this way. Good customer service, in a moment of bad customer service.