It’s totally the norm for us to have plenty of browser tabs open at one time. They will be anything from Netflix, to Gmail. We have our media players, instant messaging, office suits, email and more all open at once.

This is wonderful for the convenience of having much needed and used services with us anywhere we go without installation of the app, but it’s good to keep in mind, it also means that we may be missing out. The web version of many of our favourite apps is not necessarily better than the downloaded app. There are many programmes that this could apply to, but we have compiled a list of 3 of the most popular ones, that are just as good, if not better, in their desktop versions.

When not using the desktop version, how does it affect you browser?

Remember that every app that you are able to download and not have open in a tab, takes enormous pressure off of your browser. Your browser is using huge amounts of system resources as it is, the best thing to do is be lightening your browsers load, instead of unnecessarily adding to it. Using a desktop app is also highly convenient due to the fact that, you can manage your notifications as part of your PC settings, instead of trying to get the notification settings right in your browser.


Spotify runs well through a browser, but there is no doubt that the downloaded desktop app is far more streamlined, stable and has a much better customer experience. The differences between the app and the browser experience isn’t huge and you may not even see the differences immediately.

The app allows you to stream music at a higher quality even if you are not a paying Premium subscriber. If you are a Premium subscriber however, the app is definitely your best option. This is due to the fact that you can then save music locally and listen to it while offline. Some of the smaller pro’s to remember are: the playlist and song que management is easier on the app, and the app also supports casting audio to Chromecast devices, it is also compatible with a much larger option for keyboard shortcuts.


If you are using Slack for your corporate communications, it doesn’t seem to be too overly affected by being used in the browser, but if you close your browser you won’t receive notification anymore, and this can cause a major problem for someone whose business is corporate communications. The desktop app allows for smoother and easier communication, syncing, information download, seamless notifications and a continual supply of important updates.


Dropbox app versus Dropbox online is often down to personal preference. But the app offers you more options to streamline your Dropbox experience and will bring ease to your file management process. They have added some options that are unique to the app such as the personalized “For You” tab, short-cuts from the app to your PC and the in-app Dropbox “Spaces” experience.

Last modified: January 10, 2022