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Mar 16


Desktop software is not dead

  • Created: 3/16/2014
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Recently Andy Brice from Successful Software posted a very nice article asking if desktop software is dead

I personally think that is not dead and that is still very alive. I know inexperienced users that are running installations on their local computers to install their favorite software. And it’s very easy to understand from the user point of view as this the oldest form of applications that we know. The most used software apps, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, are all desktop products.

From the developer experience, it’s a much more matured platform. There are thousands of third party components available out there that make desktop development easier and fast. They also automate tasks that at one point were headaches like installation and auto updates.

The article mentions some of the advantages of writing a web application against a desktop one and here I have some recommendations:


It’s true this is an extra step in the desktop world, but also the process of sign in every time you want to use a web app is an extra step.

A tool like Advanced Installer makes this easier. I’ve used multiple applications to create an installer and I think this one is really good.

No upgrades

It’s true upgrades are a problem with desktop software, but again, there are lots of tools out there to help. Chrome and Firefox excel at this having almost a transparent process for updating.

Better user insights

There are ways to collect usage information from desktop apps but they can be a little difficult to implement. This doesn’t mean it can’t be done either. A web server with some REST APIs should work.

Distributed architecture

I have work with this before and it isn’t easy to do in desktop apps. Not a lot of suggestions here.

Less piracy

Also true for web apps but it isn’t zero either. There are users in the web applications right now trying to circumvent the system and restrictions. With desktop software you have tools that allow you revoke licenses online like LicenseSpot.

Cross Platform

Some development platforms help here like Adobe Air and Mono in the .Net world.


It can also be done on desktop applications and we actually have some of our customers doing it with LicenseSpot using the Subscription limit.

Definitely web apps provide lots of advantages but this doesn’t mean desktop apps are dead. Lots can be done offline better than online.

What do you think about desktop apps?

Mar 16



New API functions available

  • Created: 3/16/2014
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We have recently added some new API functions. These functions were the most requested by our customers. If you would like us to add more just let up know:

New license functions:

New customer functions

Mar 16


Our new website

  • Created: 3/16/2014
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Welcome to our new website. It's been over two year since we didn't change any of the styling of the old site. With this, we aim to provide a simpler layout so potential users can find the informtion they need on the right time.

We've also switched to a new CMS using now Orchard. This will give us the flexibility to add and update pages faster and in an easier manner. 

Let us know in the comments if you like it!