When Apple gave it's first preview of MacOS 10.14 Mojave the other week, it revealed just how much desktop use has changed over the last ten years with the huge rise of mobile apps connecting desktops to devices. Back in 2008 when the app store was first born with just 500 apps on offer, whilst the number and popularity of apps in general grew, the status of them remained somewhat below their desktop relatives.
Mobile apps that were once seen as inferior, 'poor copies' of desktop apps, with far less functionality and features, are now however set to replace desktop apps altogether as the way users interact with software and services.
Mobile platforms have grown and developed exponentially since 2008, with Android becoming the most popular operating system worldwide, and most users performing their computing primarily on the platform - This has meant development priorities had to also shift with the times to keep up. Where developers in Europe and North America would traditionally build their best apps for desktop platforms such as Windows and macOS, a distinct shift can be seen to the new order: iOS, Android and the web with native desktop apps often only sometimes being an option, not a necessity.
The move of mobile apps to desktop will provide benefits to users. More will be taking advantage of a larger screen view from tablets or screens and desktop users will gain access to a large number of apps that wouldn't have ordinary have access to. Win, win!
Web-based apps are now the way many modern desktop apps are developed - Google Docs being a prime example of a desktop app that lives entirely on the web. It would seem that whilst for years people have wanted the desktop being brought to mobile, the exact reverse is happening. Squeegee is a part of this pioneering path with development starting with the mobile apps for iOS and Android and the web app as a further tool.
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