What are Desktop App, pros and types?


What is Desktop Application?

Desktop Applications are run stand alone on the user’s laptops and systems. The term used for these applications desktop separates these applications from mobile applications which are on the demand. The key features of desktop applications are that the application is highly efficient and furthermore, these are highly customized as per user’s requirements and flexibility.

Let’s dive in deeper to understand the benefits and the process of desktop application development. The applications installed on the system’s local server known as the desktop apps, you are able to install it from the online websites or use the CD drive to complete the installation process. When the installation process comes to an end, it does not need any internet connection to access, it operates on the system’s local server.

Sometimes, it looks people do not contrast between desktop or web applications however they are totally separate from each other. The major difference of both are desktop apps runs on the local server of the computer devices and web applications work on the internet remote access. 

How does the Desktop Application works?

Desktop applications are binary executable files which run on the standalone desktop. Desktop apps usually have scope for many features simultaneously. A large set of simultaneous tasks or list of tasks performing responsibilities are imparted to the desktop application. In Windows OS desktop applications run with some limited permissions which are by necessary so that the app should perform functions but these can be imparted with elevated administrative privileges by the user. For example, there is possibility that some applications are not able to run correctly without such elevated permissions because these programs have the ability to change the OS based files. Antivirus programs are examples of such programs.

Desktop applications are able to run more than one instances in parallel. Desktop Apps are also able to run on any version of Windows. Some apps may not operate correctly with older versions of Windows; this is decided by the basic programming features in the source code for the application. These desktop applications require to install additional configuration settings for the Windows-based services which give them access to use many system resources and enabling them to do associated tasks based on customer requirement e.g. Antivirus and VPN applications.

Desktop applications may carry any contents linked with its functioning and are shown in the form of windows section of the Control Panel option of the PC and can also be uninstalled from this directory from a list option. Desktop applications offers an opportunity for manual updates by the user or executing the same automatically by using update services released in batches by the developer or updating apps or services. Desktop applications can be divided on the basis of license type as proprietary and open-source.


What are Types of desktop frameworks

Desktop frameworks for windows app development:

Microsoft itself offers a tool kit with a development community to develop. It enables you to develop the backend with awesome coding frameworks and also it gives the choice to design a unique and eye-catching frontend windows app development. Microsoft toolkits are the best option to develop the windows app with its updated and accessible feature of frameworks.

You can choose toolset for the universal windows platform development if you are developing your app for the windows store and develop the app you wish you to with amazing and easy to use tools and frameworks.

Desktop frameworks for MacOS app development:

Apple also empowers developers to design the desktop apps which is easily accessible with the structure of the Apple computers. Logic Pro X is the default app development app launched by the app to Apple to make sure that users develop the apps which support all the Apple devices such as iOS, MacOS, watches, and even tvOS.

Cross-platforms frameworks for desktop app development:

Developers gives priority to developing the apps which support cross platforms same time so that all the user can use it without facing any hurdle. The key benefit of using the cross-platform framework, you are developing the unified codebase which is reused for the SaaS version of the developed app which enhances your targeted audiences.

The cross-platform frameworks are the best choice, if you are going to develop a desktop application and also you will get lots of advantages of cross platforms also it’s beneficial for the future aspects.

What are Different Types of Desktop Application?

Desktop applications can be classified based on the functional aspects of the software which are listed below,

1. System Software

They act as a coordination between the hardware and provide another software platform to proceed on, in a sense, it works as a parent software which enables the environment and resources for them to be able to feed upon. It is the most effective software in any computer operation and much important for the proper functioning of the computer.

2. Application Software

Application software or we can say in plain language as Apps are those which enable the user to act the tasks of whatever they chose. This software’s is not important and is installed when the user has the requirement of this and in the environment provided by the system software.

3. Programming Software

Programming software is studio framework applications which is designed to write, test, troubleshoot and create software programs and applications. Many a programming language editors like Eclipse for Java, Visual studio for.net come under this category. These are used for creating system and application software and offers a platform for performing the programming based codes inheriting the programming features of the frameworks.

4. Freeware

Availability of this software is for the users to download and install free of cost and does not require any licensing.

5. Shareware Software

Shareware software is for free on a trial usage. These are shareable with everyone and prevents major functions. However, it gives an insight into the working of the parent software and stop working or informs the user to purchase the full version on the expiration of the trial period.

6. Browsers

These are applications used to view and access the websites and their contents. They are applications designed to render upon the markup languages used in designing the web interface of any website.


As a conclusion, we will summarize here the pros of a desktop application: -

The main advantage of any desktop application is its high efficiency because it is a standalone installation designed to allow only one user at a time. The resource dedication and handling of event is done is maximized to meet user needs independent of the server side connection. The desktop application has high interface flexibility as they are designed keeping the platforms and interface in mind. Desktop applications are more user-friendly, responsive, customizable. Stability is also higher for native desktop applications when compared to their web partners. As any desktop application is an executable program, they are independent of any internet requirement and perform as designed by the developer to work upon.