We have shifted from the world of websites to apps. Yes, even traditional websites are rapidly tuning into web apps because of the increasing popularity of native user experience and features. On the other hand, the emergence of cloud computing has opened new opportunities to help users access the app data and features anytime anywhere and across multiple devices.
These two types of apps, respectively web apps, and cloud apps make the vast majority of apps used all over the globe. Since both are tremendously popular and have a presence across all app categories, it is important for any enterprise and web app development company to know their respective benefits and mutual differences.
A web app basically uses the web technology and browser to facilitate interactions and presentation of contents through functionalities. Thanks to the emergence of mobile websites, today’s web apps offer a more responsive or mobile-friendly user experience capable of utilising device functionalities.
Web apps are there from the earliest time of the development of internet and web technologies. Here are the key advantages of web apps.
A cloud app is also a web app that can run through browsers or can be installed on the devices and can store the user data remotely in the cloud server to make the data accessible across multiple devices and also through the web browser. Cloud apps being quintessentially web apps also offer native user experience and better customisation options. The Google suite of apps such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, and others are great examples of cloud apps.
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Cloud apps offer a lot of advantages related to enhanced convenience, accessibility, and flexibility. Let’s have a look at these advantages in brief.
Now that the key advantages of both cloud and web apps are clear, let us find out the important difference that distinguishes these two types of apps.
It cannot be denied that still, the vast majority of the population fulfills their online needs and digital consumption of contents and services through web apps. Since responsive or mobile-friendly websites revolutionised the web user experience with more device-specific features and user interactions, web apps have got a fresh breath of energy.
Today, many users simply prefer web apps because without downloading an app they can access a service through a mobile browser. The latest 5G network speed and the emergence of native-feeling Progressive Web Apps (PWA) further made web apps popular as user-centric solutions.
At the same time enterprises catering to a large number of customers with their digital services are increasingly preferring cloud apps to make services flexibly accessible across devices, platforms and browsers without constraints of locations. Most importantly, with offline access and real-time remote collaboration of multiple subscribers, cloud apps emerge as the most effective solution for allowing enterprises to use cloud apps as handy tools to ensure optimum operational efficiency.
As the world is increasingly getting smaller thanks to the digital platforms and accessible web solutions available through every handheld device, enterprises cannot be one-eyed while utilising the opportunities presented by rapid digitisation. They have to use the web and cloud apps in equal measure and avail the benefits of both.
WRITTEN BY: Atman Rathod
Atman Rathod is the Founding Director at CMARIX Technolabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading web and mobile app development company with 17+ years of experience. Having…
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