In this tutorial, we will see the difference between a web application and a desktop application.
A web application is an application stored at a remote server. It requires a web browser to run and the internet for data or resource transfer.
Whereas, a desktop application is an application designed to serve standalone machines that don’t require the internet for its operation.
Web Application vs Desktop Application
|Web Applications||Desktop Applications|
|Deployment and up-gradation for a web-based application require deployment on a single set of server machines.||Deployment and any up-gradation/patch are done on individual client machines separately.|
|Web applications can be accessed from anywhere, so there is no location constraint.||As desktop are confined to a standalone machine, so they can be only accessed from the machines they are deployed in.|
|Web applications are platform-independent, they can work in different types of platforms with the only requirement of a web browser.||Desktop applications need to be developed separately for different platform machines.|
|Web applications are at higher security risks as they are inherently designed to increase accessibility.||Desktop applications, on the other hand, have better authorization and administrators have better control, hence more secure.|
|Web applications rely heavily on internet connectivity, for there operation.||Desktop applications don’t require the internet for their operations. Some applications just require internet connectivity at the time of updations.|