HTML5 development was born out of the necessity to address an increasingly complex matrix of device platforms and operating systems, Todd Anglin writes. After revolutionizing mobile applications, the desktop environment is next. "[N]ew operating systems that leverage HTML5 as a native app option and new packaging solutions that enable HTML5-powered apps to be 'installed' on traditional desktop platforms, like Windows and Mac," are in the works, Anglin writes. Google's Chrome Packaged Apps are also intended to help developers "write once, run everywhere," he writes.

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