Cloud Computing vs Desktop Computing
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Cloud Computing vs Desktop Computing

Cloud computing allows you to run applications and software on your computer through the internet without the need to install them on the computer. Properties of cloud applications include:

- They support access by the API
- They don't depend on any platform
- They can be accessed from anywhere using any system.

Online software in the cloud

A few cons about running applications on the cloud platform is that the functionality of the applications depends on the internet speed and that there will be concerns as need will arise to install other plug ins on the computer. Despite these, running applications on the cloud seems to be way better than doing so on the desktop. Its advantages over desktop applications include:

- There is no need to download and install software and applications. Applications run real-time on the browser and their functionality will depend on the browser speed and flash content. This saves one a lot of time and effort.

- Desktop applications require one to go to the internet and update them once the supplier has put up an update. This problem is solved with cloud computing as the application service provider chooses to update software online hence user stream them already updated. This centralizes the updating activity, reduces the headache people go through in case updates fail to work and ensures everyone gets an updated version of various applications.

- Cloud applications run on a browser hence it doesn't matter what operating system or platform one is using, anyone can access the applications. This is unlike desktop applications that run depending on their compatibility with the platform in place.

There is no need for additional downloads, one size fits all

- Cloud applications are easy to maintain from the service providers' perspective reducing the cost. There is no need to hire staff to manually trouble shoot application problems when a user complains. The software is updated online too and there is no need for distribution. This lessens the burden on the service provider's side. It also reduces the number of people handling the applications centralizing apps further.

- You can run large cloud programs and applications using a computer with low specifications as most of the processing of data are done by the server. Desktop applications require powerful high-tech systems that may be a little bit expensive for everyone.

Both systems seem to have their pros and cons but judging by the situation, cloud applications seem to have an edge over desktop applications as their advantages bear more weight than those of desktop applications.
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