Advantages of Web-based Applications

When one hears of web-based applications we wonder what are they exactly? They are actually applications which are used either over the Internet or Intranet. In other words, web applications are used over a network. Sometimes, the term can also be used for applications which are hosted on a web browser controlled environment. An application, which is coded in a browser supported language can also be called a web application. In the last few years, these applications have come to the forefront for they have many advantages. One can use these application widely, which is an advantage. The most commonly used applications include webmail, online auctions, retail sales, etc.