Browser-based applications versus small-footprint software

(Editor’s note: This story originally accompanied, “Execs tout Web-based apps that lighten back-office workload,” this month’s Tech Trends Featured Story, which you can read by clicking here.)

Back-office software packages that fully or significantly leverage the Internet tend to fall into two camps: those accessed using only Web browser software and those that require a specialized, small-footprint program, known as

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