Desktop software has exploded on the scene with many different applications and uses. Some uses are for contacting and utilizing your desktop from areas away from your computer. Others assist in tasks that you're involved with while 'at' your computer. It's another example of how certain types of programs can change the way we use our computers.
In many applications the desktop software allows you to take advantage of more than one function at a time on your computer screen. Instead of only having 'one' display for a spreadsheet or a document, you can open them in smaller windows that 'overlap' your other windows programs and can be viewed at the same time in separate windows on the monitor.
From this point, you can arrange your work just like you would if you were working on an actual desktop. The convenience is fantastic. You no longer have the need to reload programs or reformat any of your data. It doesn't mean that these programs don't encounter any problems though.
Say you were using your desktop software and had a spreadsheet application open separately on your screen. By having it displayed in a smaller window, you're dealing with a much smaller portion of the spreadsheet than you would be if you were using it as a full screen size display. But this is remedied by the software, as it allows you to zoom in to one certain window while it 'hides' the others until you choose to leave it.
The whole purpose behind the desktop software is to take that limited screen area and expand it and give the user a better viewing capability and much more functionality. It's designed to help you do a better job of putting information together.
To understand it further, let's look at your context. The software is about helping you to retain it. You can be in the middle of a document, and find you have need of an online calculator, or some information at another site. Without the ability to use more than one window at a time, you have to open another screen page, find your information, then come back to the original screen. But while you view your new information, the original information is gone, or hidden. You can lose your place or forget something you needed from the original, and have to go back and consult it by bringing it back up. You want the original to 'follow' you to the new information source.
Working on a basis of 'interrupt' is how we as humans work. We start our work, then have the need to interrupt it and grab something from somewhere else. With these desktop applications this can be a smooth experience. And in today's computer world, there are many different types of desktop software becoming available, and each with some unique functions designed for specific types of uses.
Whether your type of desktop software is for contacting your computer from a remote location, or used to sync with Blackberry programs, or for integrating multiple applications and being able to move data between them, there's surely a desktop software available to suit your needs.
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