Beyond Apps: Industries Where Desktop Technology Remains Equally Important

In our digital age, the landscape around apps generally tends to revolve around two primary choices: those designed for mobile phones and those for desktop PCs.

Mobile apps are typically designed to work in sync with features already embedded in your phone. An app for calling uses a microphone and speaker, another one like Snapchat works using the camera. For this reason, mobile apps are usually speedier while offering a great UI/UX experience.

According to research, the global mobile app market is going to witness a growth spurt of 13.8% from 2023 to 2030. Aside from this, it was already valued at USD 206.85 billion in 2022.

However, let’s not allow the talk of mobile phones to take the spotlight away from its counterpart. Desktop applications are just as well-built. They don’t require hefty subscriptions to function and can generally work even without an active internet connection. 

Despite the trend of mobile apps, there is no shortage of desktop apps. This is because, in lots of industries, the desktop PC is still widely used for operations. One of the reasons for this is the large screen size they can utilize and the easy keyboard-mouse inputs. Healthcare, finance, and education, all still rely on desktops.

In this article, we’ll talk about some industries where desktop tech is still being kept up-to-date.

Online Casino Platforms

In recent times, the internet-based gambling industry has surged extraordinarily. A closer look at this sector indicates that within half a decade, it boasts an anticipated increase from $60 billion to an impressive $103 billion. This is probably due to the convenient nature of online play and the games available, coupled with the rising technology that crypto casino platforms today use.

Despite mobile gaming being a trending topic, many gamers still prefer the desktop to fulfill their gaming needs. As we mentioned, they enjoy the large screenspace offered as it enables them to view everything at once. The UI allows them to navigate easily while all options are displayed on one screen.

Now, with crypto being used by online casinos, we can see their impact on bringing more players to these online settings. The wonders of crypto tech include faster processing of payments, added security, and discretion while paying. This is convenient for those who do not wish to reveal any private information but still want to enjoy a game or two. As crypto progresses, we’re bound to see it reflected in the casino world.

Speaking of convenience, online casinos today allow you to play directly from any web-based browser. This has eliminated the need to download a separate app that would otherwise take precious storage on your phone.

Programming and Coding

While there are apps on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store that you can download to code on, trust us when we say they are nothing compared to their desktop variants.

If you’ve ever tried to program you would know that a large screen is an absolute must. Programmers usually have multiple windows and tabs open at a time, something which is just not possible in a mobile environment. Additionally, spotting errors and browsing codebases is much simpler on PCs.

Aside from this, mobile apps that support coding have a touchscreen keyboard. While it is possible to use this to code, it would decrease your output and limit you severely. The desktop versions of coding platforms are recommended for anyone who wants to either learn to code or take up programming as a profession.

Graphic Design and Video Editing

If we talk about the work of graphic designers and video editors, we can clearly see that they prefer desktops to work on.

Like with programmers, these designers need to utilize a big enough canvas to support their design. Desktops also have powerful hardware as compared to mobiles. Fast multicore CPUs, dedicated GPUs, and large amounts of RAM can scale down tasks and allow work to be completed quickly.

Software for these industries is also widely produced for the desktop market. While it’s true mobile phones running the same software will offer portability, they simply cannot perform at the same level.

Financial Trading Network

If you’ve watched any movie about financial trading, you’d know this scene all too well: traders surrounded by computer screens with numbers and lines and whatnot.

These financial traders need to use desktops because of the real-time analysis the job requires. Being able to view charts and analyze numbers side-by-side makes it easier for them to make decisions. 

Additionally, it’s must easier to develop and run custom software on a desktop environment that many trading companies use. This level of control and customizability is difficult to achieve if you were to introduce a mobile app.

Final Thoughts

Undeniably, mobile applications hold significant value, from entertainment to the digital world of sports. Without their presence, the functionality of our society would surely be affected.

That being said, there are certain tasks at which desktops excel. In those industries, PCs are irreplaceable and essential and will continue to be treated as equally important.

Mark Roberts is a freelance writer and tech enthusiast based in San Diego, specializing in internet security, Roku guides, cord-cutting, and more.

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