Digital Strategy

Desktop vs. Web vs. Mobile Apps

There are three kinds of apps we know about: desktop, web, and mobile apps. Prior to the 21st century, desktop apps were known as programs. These are the longest-running tech products we’re all familiar with.

But with agile and mobile tech products leading innovation, desktop apps are seemingly in decline. However, the reality is that all of them are still important for us. In today’s decidedly mobile era, there’s still a significant number of the population that uses desktops. 41% of the population in Malaysia uses desktop. 71% of Singapore-based users also use their desktop computers frequently. Because of this, businesses need to consider building one type of app or going cross-platform.

Desktop apps


Best user experience

A desktop app is very stable and works on any laptop or desktop. They provide a rich and responsive user experience unmatched by newer technologies. Desktop apps are also the most ideal for use in doing major tasks, such as long-form writing, financial data analysis, and audio-video editing. Also, creating a customisable desktop app for big businesses translates to raking in more profit.

Accessibility and reliability

Accessing desktop apps is easy even with the absence of a good internet connection. These two factors are important especially if your company caters to emerging markets, where internet connection is unreliable.


Installation and Updates

Installing and updating desktop apps are less cost-efficient than web and mobile apps.


Unless you save your file to a cloud folder, you won’t be able to synchronise document changes. That make using desktop apps even more time-consuming.

Web Apps


Installation and Updates

In a recent blog entry, we talked about web apps. Web apps essentially offer the same services as desktop apps, but take less time and money installing and updating them. These apps are attractive to startups and SMEs, who flourish on remote collaborative work. Brands who create web apps usually give a free trial to entice a business to buy it, at a fraction of a desktop app’s cost.


Accessibility, Functionality, and Responsiveness

Web apps work best online. Since their functionality depends on connectivity, then you can’t rely on them to help you deliver the job. Their response rates also depend on the speed of your internet connection.

Mobile Apps


Market share

According to WeAreSocial, 91% of Singaporeans and 88% of Malaysians are on smartphones, using at least one mobile app daily. They hold the largest market share among the different types of apps.


Reliability and stability

Mobile apps, especially those for Android devices, are more prone to having bugs since it requires more code.


Want to know more about developing a desktop, web, or mobile app for your clients? We can definitely help answer your questions. As a Singapore web design agency, we can offer you advise on desktop, web, or mobile app development.

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To know more about our services, you may contact us through our details on the bottom of this page.

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