"Web" is unreliable at best. "Web" is in the hands of the providers, who can slow connections to a crawl, make people pay more and more for the same services and leave them without connection for weeks. Definitely it happens in any place which is not the centre of a big European or American city - practically the vast majoriti of the world.
I had broadband access last year - before no web, no internet, nothing, not even the phone. 60% of Italian people do not have broadband Internet access, and in Italy brodadband means 640 kbps ADSL.
And it is not only Italy: many many more countries lay in the same or even worst conditions. even our best providers, who boast 100 Mbps connections, reach only 5% of population and they have prices on the range of 100 €/month - an engineer with 15 years experience earns 1600. Also they're not reliable at all.
So yes, traditional desktop applications may live on an offline support, not needing sniffable, shapeable, sabotable, costly and unreliable network.
I am not surprised. Why do we HAVE to be connected just to write a small document or perform a simple calculation? For me a stand alone solution is best unless there is an overarching reason for being connected.
I may not last forever but the mess I leave behind certainly will.
I was thinking exactly the same. Where were tablets and phones?
"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult." - C.A.R. Hoare
Either that, or you change "What's" to 'What', 'the' to 'are' and 'platform' to 'platform(s)'.
It's unpossible to think language will always be used perfectly, (1st) case-in-point - word 2 of this sentence.
We know, now a days computer applications are not just limited to desktop applications but it is widely spread among different browsers, devices, smart phones, iPad, iPhone etc. but still there exist lot of old softwares which was developed under desktop applications and now want to move to web based interface or to some smart devices
So Again we need to work on....Traditional desktop applications to repaint them.