What is the difference between desktop software and cloud software? Knowing the difference will help you identify what works best for your business. Having the right software will help you be more productive and efficient.
Desktop software is software that is downloaded on your computer by either a cd or product id number. Once the software is loaded on your computer all the data you produce within it will stays on your computer. You will not be able to access your desktop software unless you are sitting at your computer. The only way to stay current with software updates is by buying the newest version of the software. Most businesses go this route as they do not have a need for remote work. Or they want to purchase the software one time until they have a need to upgrade.
Cloud software is software that is downloaded on your computer, but you have the ability to access it anywhere anytime. Cloud software is more web based and gives you the ability to access your data anywhere in the world or with any device other than your own computer. With cloud software the updates are made automatically per your monthly subscription services. You will never have to worry about software updates ever again. Cloud software gives you more flexibility to work remotely and more efficiently.
A good scenario you should consider cloud software is if your computer failed. How would you access your desktop software if your computer is down? There is no way to get to your data if your computer won’t turn on, if the hard drive failed, or you have a virus. You wouldn’t need to worry about that with cloud software. With cloud software you can log into your software through the web-based portal anywhere and on any device.
Another scenario to consider is that technology is ever changing. Security updates are being made daily to ensure compliancy on software applications. With your cloud software and monthly subscription those updates are automatically being applied. With desktop software you can’t apply updates unless you purchase newer software to do so. The bottom line is that you’re already spending money on your technology to make it work. Why not invest in cloud software versus desktop software to become more efficient and stay current with updates?
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