Are Desktop Applications Dead? Not By a Long Shot…

In this month’s Meetup, Luis Pintado and Luis Quezada discuss the current state of desktop applications in today’s market. Some important insights and findings are outlined in this article.

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As more and more companies turn to SaaS and web hosted application environments, the consensus among most individuals in the industry is that traditional desktop-based applications are dead. While in most cases this seems to be true, the need for desktop applications still exists, and a multitude of organizations still use them.

One such need for desktop applications lies with WPF – Windows Presentation Foundation. WPF is a graphical subsystem produced by Microsoft that is based on three core technologies; XML, an object-oriented language such as Java, JavaScript, C#, or Visual Basic, and an MVVM architecture. Applications built upon the WPF framework as a desktop application allow for better interaction with the user, and better performance than web based application such as Direct3D, Vector Graphics, and CLR. These benefits become extremely advantageous in scenarios where there is no access to the internet in client/Limit permissions; there is a need to create many complex calculations in the client, or for a deployment/installer strategy without internet. These types of applications have a found thriving marketing in banking, people management, building, reporting, and B2B, where complex modeling of data is common.