As analysts have made clear in assessing Windows 8's progress, devices are only as useful as the apps they run. With office duties now routinely fragmented across iPads, Windows Phones, Android tablets, BlackBerrys, PCs and other devices, maintaining a cohesive workplace is more complicated than ever. App builders can focus on only so many programming languages, after all, making it challenging for IT to deliver critical apps throughout such mixed environments.

With its updated HTML5 development tools, released on Wednesday, Sencha thinks it can help. By focusing on browser-based deployments instead of standalone native apps, the products are intended to let programmers write a single set of code that's indifferent to the device and operating system on which it runs. Read full story on InformationWeek

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