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A: I think that many of our desktop applications like Word, Exell, Photoshop cannot or will not migrate to the internet, or at least not in the near future I guess. You need to be connected anytime and anywhere to use online applications (for instance there are still no internet connections in the train). It's going to take a few more years before broadband connections like UMTS or Social WiFi are available.
To answer the question: 'how did webdesign contribute to the migration?'. I don't think that web designers initiated this shift. I think that applications like: online banking, webmail, webgames were initiated by banks, venture capitalists, and existing companies (like game developers, developers of collaborative systems). The role of the webdesigner is/was to make those applications usable, instead of just adding a aesthetic layer.
A: I think not much, the bandwith is the biggest factor here. Webdesign, i.e. webpages has nothing to do with the applications that makes use of the internet. Might make the internet more friendly, but that's it.
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