A desktop application is a computer program that runs on a personal computer or workstation. It is installed locally on the device and typically does not require an internet connection to function.

Desktop applications can be used for a wide range of purposes, including productivity tools, entertainment software, communication applications, and more. They are typically designed to have a user-friendly interface that allows users to interact with the program and perform various tasks.

Unlike web applications that run in a web browser, desktop applications have access to the full resources of the computer and can take advantage of the processing power, storage, and other capabilities of the device. This allows for more powerful and feature-rich applications.

Desktop applications can be developed using various programming languages and frameworks, depending on the operating system they are targeting. Some popular programming languages for desktop application development include Java, C++, C#, Python, and JavaScript (using frameworks like Electron).

Some examples of popular desktop applications include Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Spotify, and video games.