This Paper provides an analytical overview of the IT technologies that are currently available for the development of business internet applications. HTML, AJAX and Rich Internet Application (RIA) technologies are compared and the pros and cons of each technology outlined. Incompatibility issues of most RIA platforms with numerous devices and operating systems due to the so-called platform wars are described. A possible solution is proposed: Developing or using a new generation of RIA technologies which would preserve legacy application code and at the same time provide usability over the internet, a rich user interface and cross-platform support.
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