There has been a long running debate about web applications replacing desktop applications. While some functions are better suited to web applications, it is my belief that security concerns and legacy systems will prevent desktop software from becoming obsolete. What actually defines a Web Application Vs a Desktop Application? A web application is an application delivered to users from a web server like the Internet. Some businesses run web apps on an intranet, as well. They are becoming more popular due to the widespread use of the web browser as a client. Here are my top 5 Web based applications that have replaced my desktop apps.
Zoho: Office Suite
Zoho is one of the most comprehensive online office suite that is capable of replacing any desktop Office suite. In addition to the regular Word, Sheet and presentation, you also get a Wiki page, planner for managing your to-do list, tasks and notes, and many more features that you can only find in a paid desktop application.
Zoho is much more an all-inclusive products, with different emphases based on their different primary audiences. It has the largest package of functions, with a planner, a notebook, a wiki, dedicated chat, and an e-mail client added to the personal productivity side, and eight applications, from database to CRM, available in a business applications section.
Xdrive: File Storage
There are many online storage sites around, but the one that really impressed me with its features is Xdrive. The reason being, it gives us a whopping 5GB of online storage to backup all our data and documents. We can also listen to our mp3 songs via the built in music player. To make things easier, there is also a desktop client where I can sync and backup my files regularly.
Update: This onlise storage service has been discontinued
Meebo: Instant Messenger
Meebo offers access to AOL’s AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, and MSN Messenger. (The service also lets you connect via iChat, ICQ, and Jabber, though it doesn’t link to them directly from the home page.) To connect to an IM service, you simply enter your existing screen name and password in the spaces provided. You can connect simultaneously to as many services as you’d like.
tinymail.me: Anti Spam
The downside of leaving your email address in forums is the fact that spammers check those sites to get new victims. If you want to avoid this, then you have to go to Tinymail.me. With the site, you’ll be able to protect your email by creating an identity through the site which you can then use as your email address. This will allow you to still get updates from the forums you visit, but it will confuse spammers, reducing the clatter in your inbox. The process takes seconds; all you have to do is tell the site your email address.
Jottit is a simple notepad that you can use to easily use to record notes. There is no beautiful design or complicated layout. When you first go to the site, there is only a simple text area for you to write down your note. When you are done, press the Create a site button and it will create a personal note link for you. Next time you need to edit, or add on to the note, simply point your URL to the link.
What is your favorite Web apps that have replaced your desktop apps? Do let us know.