A coworker and I were trying to brainstorm and list the different ways an application developer can write a program enabling a user on one computer to run remotely on another computer while being displayed on their own computer. She suggested all possibilities would fall into only three categories:
- remote desktop software
- hosted service
I think I understand how an application developer might approach this using the first model (for example, by writing an application that uses a service on the server via a protocol.) I'm unsure how the second model would be different than the first, and I don't understand what the term 'appliance' would mean in this case.
What I would like to know is how should an application developer compare these alternatives when designing a strategy for a new application - that will be used remotely?