Many claim that the battle has already been fought and won. The past decade has slowly seen desktop applications declining in favour of browser-based web applications.
Downloading and installing a product, after all, isn’t quite as clean as instantly onboarding online.
Despite the growth in demand for web-based solutions, our desktop habits remain deeply entrenched.
Pros of desktop-based applications
- Consistent user experience
Desktop applications is that they can be faster and more responsive than web apps. They don’t rely on the internet. Desktop apps run at the speed and quality of your machine.
- Better system integration
Desktop applications integrate well with the hardware. This gives desktop applications an edge.
- Easier to access
Once installed, they are on your desktop. That glowing icon always exists on your taskbar, is always visible, and is always clickable to access.
Cons of desktop-based applications
- They’re limited by hardware
- They’re restricted to just the one machine
- They require the user to download and install before using
Pros of web-based applications
- Less hardware dependent
Unlike desktop applications, web-based applications do not depend on the hardware you use. This means that old, new, faster, slower, larger and smaller machines can access and use the program.
- No need to download or install
Cons of web-based applications
- Always needs a working internet connection
- Exposed to cyber attacks
If you really need to choose between a web app and desktop app, it’s best to think about what you want from the service.
When it is more important that it can be accessed from anywhere, then a web-based application may be the best option.
Should security or the Internet connection is a problem, then a desktop app may be the right option for you.