With today's release of the Google Chrome Web Store, many are questioning the direction of the web. Are apps that are just web pages truly necessary? Obviously the app culture has taken over not only the mobile space but is leaking into "regular" web browsers as well. Are you more likely to read the NY Times as an app like on iPad or by visiting the web page itself?
While I believe that cloud computing is the future, I am not so sure that apps are really needed. There is nothing wrong with them but I think dumbing down the internet may be a direction not ready to be taken by many.
See for yourself at the Chrome Web Store.