Today more and more applications are migrating to web browsers. Why is this web-based approach ever getting more popular? What are the advantages of web-based vs. native applications?
Native applications are unparalleled in terms of stability, compatibility and performance. However, with more powerful hardware, mature technologies and fast web browsers rich web applications are delivering nearly-native user experience. This is true for mobiles as well. Nowadays you don’t have to own a top-of-the-notch (or “flagship killer”) device to smoothly run rich web apps. Almost any mainstream device would do. However, if you go for a web-based remote desktop solution, then you’d better have a good screen: 720p, 1080p or higher.
Let’s examine which exact benefits you get when using DeskRoll, which is a web-based remote desktop tool.
No plugins to install – open your web browser and you are ready to go. On the remote host, you’ll have to install an application though. But that’s the case with any remote desktop solution (Chrome remote desktop being maybe the only exception).
If you can work from any web browser that means you can connect from public computers in schools, libraries, etc. Also, security restrictions may apply to office computers, POS terminals, etc. So, when a need arises, you can securely access your computers literally from anywhere, without violating local administrative policies and compromising your account.
The implementation of the remote desktop viewport is the same across all platforms. Besides that, it adapts to the remote platform, offers different shortcuts to key combinations (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+W), etc.
Also, input behavior is tailored for mobile browsers (taps, swipes, etc.).
A web-based remote desktop tool can exchange data with other applications via HTTP requests. An API makes integration process very easy. Remote desktop tools often integrate with help desk solutions, and CRMs. Also, they may be a part of RMM (remote monitoring and management) solutions for MSPs (managed service providers). DeskRoll integration API is in development. Feel free to contact us, if you’d like to participate in beta testing.
DeskRoll has been following the trend of RIA (rich Internet applications) for several years. This approach has proven to be future-proof. Currently, many leading solutions providers are following the same path, including some remote desktop solutions.