The web wasn’t always the massive, interactive sprawl it is today.
When it was first created, it was basically just a collection of hyperlinked documents and the beginnings of its interactivity started in the early 2000s with the hype of “Web 2.0”. From the early IRC chat boards and plain HTML pages, the Internet evolved to its current form, in which users can shop, email, work and collaborate, all through the use of web apps such as Gmail, Twitter, Google Docs, Slack and Trello.
Some of these apps allowed collaboration or traditional desktop apps to move online, while others such a Slack and Twitter’s embeds, retained the nature of a hyperlinked document.
Despite the interactivity they’ve added to the web, the golden rule of web apps is that the native version is probably better.
However, the web is a constantly evolving thing, and certain upcoming web technologies could give native apps a run for their money.