People who take the time to build desktop apps where competent web-apps already exist are idiots.
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Yes, it’s definitely possible to create a better experience on the desktop.
However, doing so requires a lot of effort and in my opinion this would be wasted effort IF there’s already a good web-based solution. I’m talking about things like RSS readers and email clients. If there’s a good one on the web, no one is going to download (let alone buy) your desktop version.
This is certainly not true of every type of application. For instance, I’d argue that no competent web based word processor or spreadsheet yet exists, so this wouldn’t apply there.
The inherent advantages to web based software (Mainly portability, but also seamless release distribution, social potential and more) mean that once something works well on the web, people will never go back to the desktop.
Unless, like you’re saying, the thing you build for the desktop is in some way revolutionary. Then it might be worthwhile, but not if it’s just an incremental improvement.