- Your company is looking for a way to maintain their legacy systems
- You want to launch an app before smartphones become obsolete
- You’re trying something new and don’t want to put all your eggs into one basket
- You like programming and want an excuse.
What is the desktop application?Desktop apps are software programs that interact with the operating system instead of web-based or mobile apps. They can be any program so long as they run on a desktop computer and provide a user interface for input and output. Desktop applications are usually used in one place but might have a “system tray” icon that remains visible on the screen. The term is also used to define an app that runs only on the desktop rather than being available through a browser or other means. Some desktop applications like word processing and media players allow you to perform different tasks, while others, such as gaming apps, are developed for entertainment. Some examples of desktop apps are:
- Browsers like Chrome, IE, and Firefox
- Microsoft File Explorer
- Microsoft Word, Excel
What is desktop application development?Desktop application development is a process where developers build applications that can be used on desktops and laptops. These apps are usually built for Windows, macOS, Linux, or other desktop operating systems. The list of software categories includes personal productivity software (e.g., word processors), media creation and editing (e.g., video editors), and entertainment (e.g., games). Desktop applications don’t require any internet connection to run, and users have to download and install them on their computers.The desktop applications can be developed in different languages, including C/C++, Java, Python, Ruby on Rails (ROR), PHP, Perl, etc., typically using libraries like Qt or GTK+.
Why should you develop a desktop app instead of mobile apps?Developing a desktop app instead of mobile apps may seem like an old-fashioned idea, but it is the future! Nowadays, most people spend their time online on desktops rather than smartphones; the demand for desktop apps has never been higher. There are so many reasons why you should develop a desktop app instead of mobile apps, including:
- Increased profitability in your market
- Higher engagement rates
- Greater visibility in search engines, and
- Much lower costs to build