As I start to think more and more about Rich Internet Desktop Apps, I thought it would be useful to take an honest look at what desktop apps I use the most. Since my work computer is a Windows box, I can refer to my Start menu for a (relatively) accurate view of what apps I run the most:
- Firefox: People forget that web browsers are desktop applications -- and they are very successful desktop apps at that.
- Outlook: I've been running Outlook 2007 for a few months now, and I'm really happy with it. Ever since Outlook got syncing right I've been a happy Outlook user
- iTunes: The windows version of iTunes is slow and buggy, but I am still a happy, locked-in iPod/iTunes user. I hold it up as at the best example of a "Desktop 2.0" application, only because there isn't anything out there that is better right now
- San Dimas: Already blogged about that one -- don't have anything more to say right now :-)
- Skype: I've had an account for years, and right after eBay bought them everyone switched over to it as our primary IM system. I use the voice capabilities only occasionally, but it is really convenient to be able to switch over from IMing to voice seemlessly.
- FeedDemon: My only feed reader. Absolutely love it -- I just wish it would cache images offline. Reading Gizmodo just isn't the same without the pictures. Goodbye MyYahoo!
- Windows Live Writer: My blog writer -- what I'm using to write this post.
- SnagIt: I used to use Hypersnap as my image capture tool, but I've slowly transitioned over to SnagIt. A very useful tool.
Other apps that I run on a regular basis include Excel, Powerpoint (love the new version), Flex Builder (Flex and Apollo development), Picasa, Flickr Uploader, Textpad (best Windows text editor) and Calculator. I also run Command Prompt lots -- I grew up on DOS, and I drop to the command line to run most developer type tools like Subversion.
More interesting is looking at what apps I don't run. I hardly ever run Word any more. Like other eBayers I tend to write anything documentish as an email, even if I just end up sending it to myself. I don't run any IM clients except for Skype any more -- I've started to use Meebo to communicate with those on other systems. And last, I've uninstalled all widget engines from my system, including Yahoo's and Google's, because I didn't find more useful than distracting. The only mini-app that I use on a regular enough basis is Calculator, and I get my information fix from my full-blown feed reader.
So, what's on your Start menu?