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What do you prefer? Desktop App, Web Based App or the Cloud?

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#1 roosevelt



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 19:04



As a developer and also user I always run into this dilemma. I want to create a solution where everyone will be able to use my tools. But sometimes the users are on a different OS than mine and the technology I choose to develop on may not work on the user's computer.


So, developing a web based solution is the first choice but sometimes people don't have the internet, etc... However, personally I like a solution where I am working offline but my data are stored in the cloud.


What do you prefer? Standalone desktop based solutions or you rather be on the internet/cloud?

#2 +John Teacake

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:17

Personally I prefer Desktop Apps. They appear more stable (If well written) than Cloud/Web Apps. I think this maybe down to the Crappy Standards and implementation of web browsers and the complexity of layers in between, Different Browsers interpreting things in different ways etc.and the quality of the link sometimes. Something you don't need to worry bout with Desktop apps more often than not. I will always be like this. I like desktop apps. Fact. 

#3 Aheer.R.S.


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:20

I've always preferred desktop applications, done right, the cloud and web features are extremely helpful

(stuff like office or online gaming installed locally to the machine)

#4 Nick H.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:22

I prefer desktop apps, but web-based apps have the advantage of not being OS-specific.

#5 Skiver


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 10:34

I much prefer desktop apps, I've never trusted web based app's for some reason when it comes to "live data".

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 11:09

Much prefer any app where I can use any computer/tablet/phone with internet access and have my data/tools available.  


Even better if it works offline as well. 

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 11:19

Another vote for desktop/native application with offline option (or sync later)

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 11:26

It can depend on the app, but I'd generally rather interact with a native desktop application than something running in a web browser.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 11:37

Desktop app FTW.

#10 Max Norris

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 13:28

Native program/app.  Cloud save is dependent on the program, not every program needs it.. super handy with something like OneNote, not something I'd trust with say a checkbook like program.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 13:35

Depends, usually I prefer a native application though.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 13:44

Depends entirely on the app so there is no correct one answer...