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A desktop application means any software that can be installed on a single computer (a laptop or a desktop) and used to perform specific tasks. Some desktop applications can also be used by multiple users in a networked environment. What is the difference between Web and desktop application? Desktop application is a computer program that runs locally on a computer device like a desktop or a laptop and it can be connected with internet whereas a web application needs an internet connection or some sort of network to work properly. However, a web application can be used by anyone who has access to the web browser. DastN’s development team has the skills and experience to take on complex technology development projects, offering an alternative to costly internal technology development efforts. We offer an extensive range of Microsoft Cutting Edge technology such as Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) based Desktop Development services. Also, we offer developing desktop applications which can be locally installed on the computer using software such as Click Once or Windows Installer (MSI) and run on the Windows Desktop to create or develop your desktop application. Most application development today starts with the assumption that a cloud or web application is the right way to go. This is often the right answer – and it’s a mindset we have within our own team – but there is still a place for desktop applications. Determining the right kind of application revolves largely around usability. You need to define user requirements and think about how users will interact with your application to make the right decision as to whether you should build a desktop application versus a cloud or web application. When should you create a desktop application? There are three reasons that should steer you towards creating a desktop application: 1. Security: There is tighter security around web applications since they are generally exposed to the internet, and are therefore more susceptible to attacks by hackers. If you do not want to have to deal with these extra security layers, a desktop application is the better choice. Consider the type of data your application will be storing, and who your users or stakeholders are, to determine if a desktop application is a better choice for them. 2. Integration: If your application needs access to hardware or other devices connected to the local machine (beyond just being able to print), then you need a desktop application. 3. Visibility Desktop applications are in your taskbar and system tray. They are always accessible and present on the local machine. 4. Connectivity: web applications need a connection to the network in order to run. If you are in a restricted environment, or your application needs to be able to run with or without network connectivity, then you need a desktop application. And always consider all of your use cases when making this choice, and if you needed any advice you can always ask for DastN’s team.