An application in which all or some parts of the software are downloaded from the Web every time it runs. Following are explanations of each type.
Web applications may also run without the browser. Known as a "rich client," the program, which is either installed in the user's computer or mobile device or is downloaded each session, interacts with a server on the Web using standard Web protocols. This is similar to the "client/server" architecture that prevailed in companies before the Internet exploded, except that today the server is on the Internet rather than the local network. Just like browser-based applications, the data may be stored remotely or locally. See rich client
, cloud computing
Native Mobile Apps
Countless iOS and Android apps use the Web for additional information. Weather and stock market apps obviously have to download the lastest data; however, many mobile apps retrieve data in the background that users are not aware of. See HTTP
, native mobile app
and native application
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