Desktop applications are those runs on alone in laptop or desktop computer. The owner or user of laptop or desktop computer must need to install all the required applications separately on each computer.
Here is a statistics of how general people (typical traffics) reacts on a typical Desktop & Web app both:
Visitor to Free Trial:
- Downloaded: 18 ~ 22%
- Web App: 22% ~ 26%
Trial to Purchase:
- Downloaded: 1.35%
- Web App: 2.32% [Source: Kalzumeus.com]
Mostly small as well as large online business firms prefer web based application in order to perform various tasks easily and accordingly. You just need to install updates on main server; the all other users will receive these updates automatically.
Due to these best and excellent features of web based application, most internet user consider that within the advent in technology, desktop applications will be dead within few years.
Here are few reasons behind this statement, these are as follows.
The user of laptop or desktop computer must need to install desktop application. If there are more than one computer or laptop then user must need to install each desktop application separately in each computer while web based applications do not require installation. You just need to install updates in main server the remaining user with automatically receive the updates.
Due to separate installation process of desktop based applications, most of individuals think that it is totally wastage of time to install these applications separately. Due to this reason most of internet user usually prefers web based application in order to perform some multiple tasks easily and accordingly within less time span.
2. Require More Space on Hardware
Desktop based applications are installed in hardware and usually require more space. With low storage capacity hard drive it is very difficult, sometime impossible for the laptop or desktop user to install these applications easily. These applications require more space than web based applications. Due to this reason most of individuals and various online firms prefer web based applications rather than desktop based applications.
3. Limited to Specific Environment
Desktop based applications are limited to the specific environment and you can perform just specific task from the desktop based applications that are built by the desktop applications developers. While in case of web based application, there is limit. With web based applications you can access data and information from any part of computer and can access data at anytime and anywhere. With the help of web based applications you can also perform multiple tasks easily and accordingly within less time span.
Desktop based applications that usually run on computer machines in organizations limited the firm to specific environment due to no internet connectivity features.
4. Frequent Maintenance & Time Issues
Desktop based applications require more maintenance than web based applications. Due to advancement in technology ever new applications comes in market with best and effective features. So someone must need to upgrade and maintain these applications within time in order to perform some specific tasks easily and accordingly.
While web based applications require less maintenance compare to desktop based applications. User of web based applications just need to install updates for once and it takes few minutes in order to enjoy the latest features of applications.
5. Threat of Virus and Bugs
In case of desktop based applications there are more chances of virus attacks and bugs. While there is no any type of virus or bugs threat in web based applications. Individuals must need to be careful regarding the use of desktop based applications, any type of virus can damage your hard drive as well as store date in computer. While in case of web based applications, you do not need to be worry regarding any virus attack on data or damage of hard drive.
6. Cost Issue
Desktop based applications consider being more costly compare to web based applications. You are to pay some amount for both applications but regarding their functions, web based applications performs a lot of complex tasks easily and accordingly and is helpful in reducing some expenses. In this way web based applications generate more profit rather than desktop based applications.
Accessibility is another reason due to which desktop based applications will be dead within the next few years. Desktop based applications are limited and have no wide accessibility while with the help of web based application you can access any type of required data anytime and anywhere with the help of internet connectivity.
8. Internet Connectivity Issues
Desktop based applications have no internet connectivity. Due to advancement in technology and internet most of individuals from all over the world are attached with internet. Usually sales and purchase of various things takes place on the internet. Most of individuals prefer to use web based applications in order to get latest information’s regarding the new brand available in the market. Web based applications keeps the individuals up to date with latest news and information’s, while in desktop based applications the user is limited to the specific environment.
9. Easiness Of Usage
You must need to get proper training from some professional individuals in order to perform various tasks with desktop applications. While web based applications compare to desktop applications are more simple easy to handle. A new internet user can also handle web based applications easily and accordingly.
10. Single Platform
Desktop based applications have single platform. You can use these applications from the specific computer on which these applications are installed while in case of web based applications, there is multiple platform. You can use the same application from different with the facility of internet connection.
People these days going online more and expecting everything in their hands away. And that is why, Desktop app are going to have an end within very shorter.