Desktop applications run stand alone in a desktop or laptop computer, unlike Web-based applications, which require the Web browser to run. Desktop applications dominated the software world for many years, however, with the rise of the internet, web applications became more popular. With the introduction of smartphones and notepads, mobile applications are now hughly in demand, pushing desktop applications lower in the demand pecking order. That being said there is still an incredible amount of software development happening in desktop applications. Consider programs like Excel, Adobe Photoshop and the Chrome browser.