Platform or Tool?

This summary of the different tools coming on stream to make Flash RIAs is a great resource. Aral Balkan emphasises a distinction here between 'tools' and 'platforms'. I'm not sure where some of these tools end and platforms begin. It is certainly in the interests of the companies making these technologies to cast them as platforms as industry wisdom says that you can't make money by selling tools, only platforms. However it's a catch-22, because in order to popularise and explain their platforms, they need to tie them into applications. But that carries the inevitable risk that the whole platform will be seen as a tool.

Posted by Alexander at April 7, 2005 01:26 PM

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