A wind of change by new online database applications?
Mike Rundle covers the launch of Backpack by 37signals. Viewing the newly launched and quite impressive Backpack site made me contemplate on what would be the effects of this new breed of services alongside many other different Wiki products on the currenet state of the art database applications. This new breed of products are a great replacement for databases such as MS-Access, Intuit QuickBase and other commercial products in this category.
Most of the newly launched products in Backpack's category are still in the greenhouse of small upstarts and are not enjoying yet the marketing dollars of Microsoft and Intuit and thus are not reaching yet mass audience. Still it does present a shift in this technology category that will prevail finally due to much lower cost of ownership and ease of use. Even Microsoft in a step of believe released their FlexWiki product to sourceforge with seems to be high adoption rates – Microsoft's Open Source Strategic Intentions .
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