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The Future: Web or Windows Client Development, your thoughts?

A question I have for you is with all the focus on web or cloud-based applications (Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, etc.) is there still a vibrant future out there for Windows Client desktop applications? Will Windows 7 do much to swing the focus back to desktop applications? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying desktop based application development is dead, it’s not by a long shot. With development tools like WPF and ClickOnce deployment desktop applications still rock. I’m just saying that it appears that the pendulum has definitely swung to the web-based side of the software development grandfather clock and I’m not sure it’ll ever swing back to the other side.

Most of the development we’re doing these days is on web-based applications. I don’t really see that changing anytime soon. With the maturity of RIA platforms like Silverlight the advantage that desktop applications traditionally held in the user experience department has been slipping for a while now.

So what percent of the work you’re doing is on desktop applications? What percent is on web-based applications? What is the percentage of web vs desktop for new applications in your organization?

Have a day. :-|

posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:10 PM Print
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