Web applications for business have come a long way. They used to be poor imitations of their desktop counterparts, with only one or two functions and not at all practical. But my, have these apps grown. Today’s SaaS business and CRM apps have become so powerful and useful that in many cases, they’ve begun to replace traditional desktop software such as Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, SAP, etc.
Desktop apps are great and all, but they don’t provide the same benefits as business apps that make use of cloud computing. With most SaaS apps, you only need a browser and an internet connection to access all your data online. That beats having to install annoying programs any day and gives you much more flexibility when working in teams. Cloud business apps have the added advantage of integrating with each other, so you can hook all your systems together.
To give you a better sense of how useful web apps have become, I’ve compiled a list of 15 of the best business apps and CRM tools that can replace some of the desktop business software you use. I hope you take the time to try them all out. You’ll be surprised how well they work.
Without further ado, here are some great web alternatives to the popular desktop business applications.
If you have been a consistent reader of Web.AppStorm, you know that there are some great applications out there for the web. There are many times that I wish a lot of these were actually on the desktop instead. Take for example, Pandora, I love using it, but there is not native desktop app for it. Well, about a year ago, I came across a solution that has been such a great way to enjoy them natively.
In this post, let me show you how to use Fluid, an application that changes a web page into a desktop like app. I don’t know about you, but I am moving more and more toward using the web for a lot of my daily tasks, email, calendar, social networking, etc., and I hate having so many tabs open in my browser. With Fluid, I can change all of that and have these websites launch by itself versus being stuck on the web. Let me show you what I am talking about.
I don’t know about you, but when I am looking for a desktop wallpaper, I look for something that will make my desktop look nice and clean. Simple, not a lot going on, the image usually askew to one side to leave room on the other for icons, etc. This was especially important when I decided to geek-out my desktop using Geek Tool. I wanted to round up some of the nicer minimalist wallpapers out there (with a webapps twist, of-course!). Take a look after the jump!
If you haven’t noticed (or don’t visit the sites), Gawker launched an all new design across their sites (Gizmodo, Lifehacker, etc) that’s quite different. Many people think it’s terrible and a poor decision. I can’t help but see various similarities between the new design and designs you’ll see on tablets such as the iPad.
Performance issues aside (which are being worked out by their staff), the new design’s usability makes more sense for tablet-type devices than the prior blog style design. Personally, I like the new design more than the prior one, even on my desktop. It makes more sense from a usability standpoint; no new page loads or tabs when navigating to a post, a quick overview of recent or popular posts, etc.
The question, though, is whether or not people really want mobile web UX when they’re on their desktop computer? I think the web and computer technology is slowly evolving into more dynamic, interactive and “go anywhere” hardware and software, so I see designs such as Gawker’s as an expected step across all platforms.
As you can tell, I clearly prefer the newer design and the idea of mobile web UX making its way onto the desktop, replacing our older viewing methods. What do you think? Do you prefer iPad-type web designs over their desktop counterparts while on the desktop? Or do you think desktop web UX will, and should, always be different than other platforms?
It seems we’re reviewing a new invoicing web app every month and it’s quite amazing to see just how many options that are available. It seems there are nearly as many invoicing web apps as there are task management apps, and there’s a lot of those!
Just recently we’ve reviewed several very promising invoicing web apps, some that even included giveaways.
- Blinksale: A Revamped Butt Kicking Invoice App
- CurdBee: Online Billing Made Easy
- Invoice Bubble: Quick and Simple Invoicing
With as many invoicing web apps as there are, there’s probably just as many desktop apps, and really fantastic ones. Some people and even larger organizations don’t trust cloud computing just yet, and maybe rightfully so. Personally, I couldn’t imagine doing my invoicing anywhere else but in the cloud as I love the benefits it offers far too much.
What about you? Do you prefer handling your invoicing and billing on your desktop system or in the cloud with a web app? I’m interested in hearing why, whichever your preference, so let me know via comment below. Thanks!
Among other things, remote access of a computer is primarily used for accessing files or to provide support and maintenance. Even the age of the cloud, it might be against the policy of your company to store and retrieve official documents from third party servers. Alternatively, decent remote access apps always transmit data over a heavily encrypted SSL connection.
The ever growing number of computers in homes and offices make it difficult for IT experts to visit the site to offer support. Remote tech support apps have become so sophisticated these days, unless there is a hardware issue valuable man hours of the network team can be saved. For those who are looking to implement remote access and support in their home or office, we have compiled a list of web apps after the fold.
Even without the help of the ground breaking features in HTML5, web apps have come of age. While not all web apps rival their desktop counterparts, some clearly do. One solid example being online To-do apps with invoicing and project management apps also competent enough for a neck to neck fight.
We’ve compiled a list of 50 worthy web app alternatives to standalone desktop apps. Let’s take a look!