What is Desktop Application Development?
It is difficult to imagine our life without desktop applications. We have been using such apps in the form of a web browser, which is indeed a desktop app allowing us to access many web applications. An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is also a desktop app which allows developers to write and execute code.
Desktop software apps are developed to run on personal computer systems and laptops. What makes desktop development even worth considering over a web application is its speed and performance as it is independent of internet connectivity.
Users can install desktop software or applications from websites or use external drives to complete the installation process. After the installation, users can access the application software without an online connection. One of the key features of desktop apps is the efficiency – they are highly customized as per the user’s requirements and flexibility. For example, PhotoShop, AutoCAD, or Ozone are some serious software for specialized professional use cases.
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Types of Desktop Frameworks
There are multiple frameworks and languages used to build desktop applications. They can be categorized based on the platform they support or cross-platform technologies they can be integrated along with programming languages and libraries used.
Did you know?
Desktop app developers make up 21.3 % of working software professionals. As the new Windows and Cross platform app development technologies are rising, Desktop Development offers more power, speed, reliability, and user experience.
Windows App Development
Microsoft provides a toolkit built for the developer community. Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is the new technology for Windows professional developers to build flawless backend along with coding frameworks and frontends that offer seamless business-specific functionality. Microsoft toolkit provides the best solution to build high-performing applications with advanced and accessible features of frameworks.
MacOS App Development
Apple encourages its software developers to build desktop apps which are compatible with the architecture of Apple systems. Objective C is the preferred language and Cocoa is the most popular framework used for MacOS development respectively.
Cross Platform App Development
Cross platform desktop applications run across different operating systems like Windows, Macintosh, Linux/Unix platforms without compromising any functionality, usability and quality. Developers prefer to develop apps so that all users can access apps without any hassle. One of the main benefits of using cross platform framework is its unified codebase which can be reused for the SaaS based apps. C++ is the recommended language that runs in-tandem with QT Framework to develop cross-platform desktop app.
Why is Desktop Development Not Dying?
There is still a lot of software development work happening for desktop for two major reasons. First and foremost is desktop apps perform better than web applications. Second, desktop-based apps don’t require Internet connection to work. There is also a third reason where desktop apps weigh down web apps. For example, some industry-specific functions like scientific computing, professional-level content or hardcore gaming software where desktop apps are still used and preferred over web counterparts.
Here’s a list of some benefits that desktop apps will always offer over web-based apps.
High Degree of Privacy
Desktop apps offer a high degree of privacy when compared to web based applications. Using a desktop application means that all the data one creates and uses stays within the system. It is always with the users and hence users can access it anytime. Stored online, data is often more vulnerable, and there are chances of security and privacy thefts.
No Annual or Monthly Charges
As desktop apps run on a local server, there are no expenses related to purchasing a server space to access the application. Servers come at a cost and those expenses are passed along to the users accessing that application. Usually this is done in the form of a paid subscription. In desktop development, users need not to worry about the bills to use the software.
In many office setups, an interrupted connection can cost thousands of dollars to a business. Not to mention the inconvenience of accessing the mission-critical business data when it is needed the most. Desktop apps come with great convenience as there is no dependency on the Internet connection to get started with the work.
Desktop applications are built for specific purposes to handle professional business applications such as video editing, real-time audio editing, 3 D modeling, etc. It is easier to make custom changes on a desktop application which is built by keeping users’ environment in mind rather than a web-based application that uses one-size-fits-all approach.
Brand recognition is always a crucial aspect for a business. The desktop apps are one way through which businesses can improve branding. As users hit the shortcut – Alt+Tab for switching among the applications in their system, a business gets free branding.
Desktop Development is Here to Stay
Despite the fact that mobile and web applications are dominating the world, the market for desktop development is still evolving. Software vendors are not only adapting to the new technologies to build the latest desktop apps but are introducing new ones to fill the gap. Another great thing about desktop apps is that the new generation app building technologies are not limited to the desktop. The future is integrated- users can try it out on the web and switch to the desktop version for easy accessibility.
The crux of the story is that desktop development is very much alive with the evolution of technology happening much faster. If you’re thinking of custom desktop app, Icreon can help you build that based on your requirements, and users’ needs to outsmart the competition.