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Death of the Desktop App

It wasn’t that long ago (or so it seems) before the internet took over computers were primarily used for just a few things. Mostly crunching numbers, keeping track of and presenting information.

So I was wondering, does anybody (excepting businesses) still use these desktop applications anymore:

  • Spreadsheets;
  • Databases;
  • Presentation software;
  • Full-blown Word Processors;
  • Drawing software.
  • I was just wondering because I don’t seem to need them anymore. If most folks out there don’t either then what does that say for the future of Microsoft and it’s bread and butter app — Office?

    Now that the desktop is less relevant and the web is omnipresent, does that mean Google is becoming (or has become) the Microsoft of the future?

    Food for thought. Maybe Bill Gates got out while the going was still good.


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    Written September 8th, 2006 by | 5 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips , ,

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    1. I use spreadsheets all the time. As a compulsive list maker, I have my book, cd, and movie inventories kept up on them, and it suits my simple needs perfectly. I keep a simple budget, which is basically just a quick visual that’s much simpler than my financial software.

      I don’t have a database or drawing software, so I don’t use those. I can’t draw with or without the computer, so having that doesn’t interest me. I do have ppt, which I use mostly for church - not exactly work, it’s a volunteer job but I do use that regularly.

      I also use word a lot, if only for keeping track of things that I’m copying and don’t want to print pages and pages of off the internet. I don’t know where I’d be without MS Office.

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    2. Interesting. Since I no longer have a small business I find I don’t really need those apps anymore. Especially with Web 2 technology apps becoming more prevalent online I can foresee very easily Office going by the wayside. I think they know that and is why the new version is more web enabled than ever. Eventually they will converge just like the blurring of the boundaries between the desktop and the web with always on broadband.

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    3. I don’t need them, and especially with free Open Office alternative I think the handwriting is on the wall for Microsoft. Yeah, Gates got out in time, took the money and ran the little prick.

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    4. I must admit I don’t use word much anymore. TextEdit is enough to jot down a quick note, or if I want to type my classes I use LaTeX (much quicker because 100% keyboard: no messing around with menus).
      But ppt/keynote are still very useful (although LaTeX can be used for similar purposes)
      I use Excel though. I like it. And it’s very handy to keep track of my bank account.
      I think people still do use these applications, though, in general, especially students.

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    5. Thanks Alessia. I use TextEdit too.

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