Browser vs. Desktop Air Applications

In this article we will compare browser vs. desktop Air applications, showing the main differences. Today, the browser has become the chosen way to convey many applications as it facilitates easy operation across operating systems with simplified application maintenance. Moreover, the current programming languages employed in the browser allow the rapid application of design and development. The discussion on browser vs. desktop Adobe Air applications on this page will clearly show the advantages and disadvantages.

Comparing browser vs. desktop Air applications

• Browser AIR applications can be straightforwardly discovered, explored, and used, while the desktop Air applications are more persistent and powerful with better functionality.

• No application installation is necessary for Browser AIR applications while the desktop Air applications get installed effortlessly from the browser.

• A comparison of desktop vs. browser Air applications reflects that web applications can run on multiple operating systems and browsers, while the desktop AIR applications are cross-platform.

• The programming languages - JavaScript is supplied by browsers, and ActionScript is provided by Adobe Flash Player software for the browser applications while the integrated JavaScript and ActionScript virtual machines are attuned with the browser.

• The browser Air applications can run only in a visible browser window. The desktop applications can run in the background.

• Any activity in the browser Air applications is limited to the browser session and any information gets lost once the browser is closed. The desktop applications are installed and available on the desktop; hence the information is stored locally and is accessible offline.

• Desktop integration is limited in the browser Air applications as the applications are sandboxed, whereas the desktop applications can access a desktop file system, clipboard, drag-and-drop events, system tray/notifications, and more.

• The browser window that has its own controls in the web based applications, while the user interface is customizable in the desktop AIR applications.

• Comparing browser vs. desktop Adobe Air applications, it is seen that the browser Air applications have limited local storage which can be destroyed by the browser. The desktop AIR applications on the other hand have infinite local storage, with an access to a local database.

A comparison of browser vs. desktop Air applications shows that the desktop applications complement the browser by providing the same application and deployment benefits while adding desktop integration, local data access, and enhanced branding opportunities.