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Dennis Bottjer | MVP

There has been much buzz around "Smart Clients" lately.  Large companies are building Smart Client Line of Business Applications. But how are "Smart Clients" different from traditional Thick/Rich Client Applications? 


Smart client isn't a technology, and it isn't any specific architecture. It is a style of application that combines the best of both Windows applications and web applications. What are best aspects of each of these worlds?

Four Smart Client Characteristics

  • It uses local resources and provides a rich user experience
  • It's a connected application that exchanges data on the Internet or an enterprise network
  • Even though it's a connected application, it is offline capable so that it can be used whether or not it is currently connected
  • It has an intelligent deployment and update story, maintaining relatively the same ease of deployment and management as web applications

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Posted on Monday, October 2, 2006 7:24 AM Smart Client | Back to top

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