It seems like in the midst of Apple's incredible growth in the mobile, laptop, and tablet space there's been a lot of soul-searching going on at companies like Nokia, Microsoft, RIM, and many others. A dominant theme that keeps coming up is "simplicity". For example, see "Why Dropbox beat Syncplicity". By embracing web technologies for app development Microsoft is taking a forward-looking step towards simplicity in application development. Hopefully this means standards-based web technologies and not the embrace-and-extend, proprietary model we have come to expect from Microsoft.
Things all seem to be moving in this direction. RIM has a platform for building apps on web standards for the Blackberry. The iPhone has had "web apps" for a long time. And recently I've run into more people who are excited about Nitobi's PhoneGap, a technology I reviewed a few months ago (PhoneGap and jQuery Mobile First Impressions) which let's you build apps for 6 different smartphone platforms using standard web technologies
I think I just set a record for cross-linking to my own posts! To make up for it next time I'll post a bunch of external links to cool stuff from the interwebs.