“Remember the time when you had to get hold of a CD or DVD, rummage around for a serial number, go through a 20-step installation process, and wait around for 15 minutes to install some software? How ridiculous was that?”
The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced it’s going to inevitably happen: software will eventually stop being shipped on physical media. We’re seeing archaic glimpses of that today in products like Google Docs and Yahoo Mail. But they don’t feel like desktop applications yet. They’re still very clunky and Web-like. The groundwork is being laid to deliver even the richest of applications over the wire. Adobe, maker of some of the most visually-rich and complex applications, is already saying that’s where it’s all headed.
It’ll take time but we’ll eventually get there…and we’ll look back on the way we do things today and snicker.