7 Comments to What is a Windows app? What is a desktop application? How are they different?

  1. Ron says:

    Good article, first time I’ve seen all of these points brought together. For my own use I’ve put the 2 lists into a single 2 column table so you can see the points side by side.

    One point you have touched on is that developers of desktop software keep all of the money from the sale of their software. In the Windows 8 store MS takes a 20-30% cut off the top, no negotiation.

    Another point is that in-house built corporate Windows 8 Applets can be “side loaded” on a corporate network if you are running Windows 8 Enterprise.

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Thanks for your feedback. I added the point about the commission taken by Microsoft.

  2. elsiethecow1937@yahoo.com says:

    I had a good many apps, but Windows 10 has uninstalled them all during their updates. I am now trying to reinstall Sophos Home and I am trying to get my HP Laser Jet printer to work, but to no avail so far.

  3. IqbalHamid says:

    In summary, apps are inferfior. I see no reason to use them on a desktop PC.

  4. Ernie says:

    I don’t really trust the apps, but if they are truly barred from installing permissions and other bloatware programs that could be a good thing. What I really want are apps that do not alter the operating system and do not run al all until I call for them.


    If it is intended to be run from the desktop, then the term “program” should still be used, not “app”.

    When MS started them calling ALL “apps” it sounds silly. As apps by definition are small applications that are designed for a smaller platform.

    But I figured since MS wants you to stop buying traditional laptops and PCs and wants you to instead buy the Surface; I will not be surprised if they attempt to abandon all all platforms in favor of Surface and do what Apple has always done: one OS, one platform.

    But whatever.

  6. Ruth Palmer says:

    How do I get to control panel to begin with. It isn’t on my settings screen or start menu.

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