The Web and Mobile spaces have certainly opened up new opportunities in the way we can use computing, but the traditional Desktop Application still lies at the core of the modern PC. Despite the huge growth of Mobile computing and it’s undeniable suitability to data-consumption and singular highly-focussed tasks, still many tasks (particularly data-generation) are simply better suited to a regular PC with a regular mouse and keyboard and all the power, customisability and flexibility available to them.
While the Web provides an amazing means for data to be available everywhere all at once and Web Applications can be truly cross-platform, native Desktop Applications don’t require constant internet availability and provide a more optimised, streamlined, and feature-rich user experience that can exploit the full potential of the hardware they are designed for.
In other words it’s important to select the right tool for the job. And despite the shift in the computing landscape over the last decade, the traditional Desktop Application still does most of the “heavy lifting” when it comes to the computing needs of businesses.