The last five years have been hugely exciting for web development, not just because of the blistering pace of technical innovation but the mind-blowingly feature-rich apps being built on top of it. Let’s take a look at some of the recent announcements:
- (2013) Microsoft adds real-time coauthoring to its Office WebApps suite
- (2013) Cloud9 IDE adds realtime collaborative editing to its product
- (2014) Google adds realtime multi-editing to its note-taking app, Keep
- (2016) Figma adds “multiplayer mode” to its core product
- (2016) Microsoft adds realtime collaboration to its web-based Powerpoint app
- (2016) Apple introduces realtime collaboration tools in its popular iWork suite
Already, realtime multi-editing capabilities are major differentiating features in many different types of applications, from word processing to diagramming to design tools. As web technologies make entirely new categories of applications feasible, these apps are embracing what people already expect from the modern web: communication, sharing, and collaboration. There are upstarts attacking the established desktop software that has dominated their industries, yet stagnated for so long. The one killer feature shared between all of them? Realtime collaboration.
The pace is quickening. We’re seeing rapid expansion in realtime software across many industries. As more products build in this functionality from the beginning, users will begin to expect it in all the software they use. What will your application look like in three years? Will it meet the expectations of ever-demanding young users? Will it help or hinder the growing numbers of distributed teams? We’ve lowered the barrier so you can add realtime collaboration to your app – no more making excuses. Soon enough, your users won’t let you!
Contact us today for ideas on how to include realtime collaboration in your app.