Desktop application development
Over the last few years the growing demand for cloud-based systems has overshadowed the desktop applications. However, in some circumstances, they are still the best option. A desktop application is a good choice if you need a highly responsive solution that works without an internet connection.
Why would I even consider a desktop application?
With the rise of the web apps and the intrinsic benefits of working inside a browser, is still worth to develop a desktop app nowadays? Are there any specific benefits that were not yet overcome by the cloud-based solutions?
Web apps have a lot to offer:
• nothing to install, nothing to update. That’s quite convenient if your users are within organizations that run a policy on the software that is installed on the business’s computers);
• web developers are easier to find than desktop developers;
• the look and feel of the product will be a modern one;
• if it works for most of the companies out there, then it should work for me, right?
Those are pretty solid checkpoints in favor of web apps. But for some products, choosing the path less traveled might be worth it.
Desktop applications hold specific benefits that are hard to replicate within a browser app
Working in a desktop application can be a lot faster for users. Think about performing the same operations online and on desktops. Web applications hold the delay of seeking the web server. This delay is higher compared to desktop applications (in most cases). On this one add a delay that may result from a low performance of the internet connection. No need to say, if the network connectivity is down, so is the app. Offline working capabilities are a big plus. With a desktop application you can work offline, process stuff, edit information without an active internet connection.
Best for hardware integration requirements
In case of specialized solutions that need to connect with specialized hardware (label printers for example), a web application always has some limitations. This is not something that can’t be solved within a web app as well (with web services or the like). Still, specialist hardware support is for the most part out of the field of the browser.
Less need for security
Web apps are by default exposed to more security risks. With the desktop applications, since the user’s data is kept on local computer systems, you stay in control. Web apps, being open to a large number of users on the internet, are more exposed to threats.
So when should my company consider a desktop application instead of a web app?
Web or desktop is the interface to your program, so you can base the decision not on technology trends or comparative pro/cons, but on the requirements.
The choice should be based on how people are going to use the software. The development of a standalone app is justified if:
– your users need to be able to react quickly to things happening (for example if there are instant messages);
– they are going to use it for a sizeable amount of time on an often basis.
If your product is not about urgent or frequent usage, there is no obvious reason to go towards a desktop application.
Our desktop development services
Technologies we use
How we approach projects
The way we work is a process we have perfected over 20 years of experience with custom software development.
Along with your desktop application, at the end of the project we’ll also:
• Provide you with the documented source code and the technical documentation
• Offer an optional ongoing support and maintenance service
• Offer free support for the application within the next 6 months following delivery
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