More people nowadays choose web applications over desktop applications. For example, Figma is now replacing PhotoShop and Sketch for many designers because it is online, free and easy to use. But of course, there are people who will never drop desktop graphical tools because they don’t like the idea of storing personal data somewhere in the cloud and prefer to own the product they’ve bought rather than renting something remote. So let’s have a look at the pros and cons of desktop applications.
The most obvious advantage of desktop applications is that their functionality is not blocked when the user doesn’t have an internet connection. Users of your application will be most involved in your product if they can quickly do what they need or get some information urgently even without the internet.
Web application development is highly dependent on the speed of your Internet connection: the lack of the Internet or its poor connection may cause performance problems. Desktop applications are inherently autonomous and, therefore, do not encounter any interference with the Internet connection.
On the other hand, desktop application development requires more time on implementation, because it has to support different operational systems, while web applications are mostly installed only on one server.