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killer app

a computer application that is so popular that it assures the success of the technology with which it is associated; a feature or component that in itself makes something worth having

kill′er app′


n.
a computer application that surpasses its competitors.
[1985–90]
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Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of HP's Personal Systems Group shares how the barrier to creating killer apps is coming down, and reveals his "wish list" of apps that he hopes will be an inspiration to the DIY community.
Half the panelists share their thoughts on the next wave of killer apps in this issue's Part 1, and the other half shed light on business issues that will confront TMT companies in the coming months in Part 2, which will run in an upcoming issue of Computer Technology Review.
Instead, firms need to create killer apps for niche markets, and especially those not requiring exorbitant infrastructure investments.
As new killer apps appear, data stored on servers explode, and the ever-more popular 24/7 environment exists when a SAN full-function solution of hardware and software designe d for compatibility and minimal downtime is employed, IT managers will painlessly move into REDI mode.