Re: app vs. application

Subject: Re: app vs. application
From: Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
To: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:17:42 -0800

On Jan 14, 2014, at 2:08 PM, Lauren wrote:
> I think the distinction between app and application is dependence. As I see it, apps depend on specific systems within an operating system, while applications can stand-alone on a particular operating system.

That is not a distinction I have ever seen made in either mobile or desktop development circles. I think you're overthinking it. Note that Apple is referring to *all* desktop applications and mobile apps as just apps now. There isn't a specific definable reason for it at all -- it's just a naming trend.


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