What Are ‘Micro Apps’ — And Why Do They Matter For Mobile?
Of course we used to use the term ‘micro’ to denote the size of computing device we were talking about. Mainframes were huge, then came mini computers (the size of your average office desk) and then came the ‘micro’ in the 1970s. A brief history of computing notwithstanding, we now use the term micro to talk about software — micro applications, microservices and even micro-virtualization.
What is a micro app, really?
Although you will think you don’t know micro apps, you already do. In the desktop realm these are small system admin utilities (e.g. an app to report how full your hard drive is). In the world of mobile, a micro app is a consumer-oriented application delivering highly targeted functionality (e.g. a weather forecast app).
The commonality factor here has always been that micro apps (in either sphere) provide highly focused, task-based functionality that let users get in, interact, and get out with maximum efficiency.
The micro app concept holds enormous importance for enterprise mobility strategies. This is the view of Josh Epstein of Reddo Mobility, the company’s software mobilizes existing Windows Desktop apps without additional development or management infrastructure changes.
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