Desktop Platforms | Desktop Platform Basics

The operating system and hardware that make up a desktop computer or laptop are referred to as a desktop platform. The two go together to create a complete system for accessing files, connecting to a network and running applications. Businesses often choose to run a single desktop platform throughout their business for uniformity and compatibility.

However, it’s not unusual for businesses to have multiple desktop platforms, especially if they’re transitioning to a new system. Different platforms may exist when businesses have a BYOD policy in place and employees bring in laptops with varying systems.

Main Options

Overall, desktop platforms come in four main varieties. Windows may be the first that comes to mind, but MacOS, Linux and Chromium are all popular options.

Choosing one depends upon the following:

  • Security preferences
  • App needs (each platform has its own set of apps, some of which may not be compatible with other platforms)
  • Business needs, such as true desktop environments or online only (where Chromium may work well)
  • Customization
  • Overall cost
  • Hardware needs – Each system has its own limits in regard to hardware resources and customization.
It’s vital to compare the features of each desktop platform to see how it meshes with your business goals and employee preferences.

Desktops Only

Desktop platforms only apply to desktops and laptops. Mobile devices do not use the same systems. When choosing a desktop platform, you should also consider mobile device usage. For instance, when a business predominately uses iOS mobile devices, having a MacOS desktop platform would create a uniform environment.

Businesses have numerous options when it comes to desktop platforms. Each type comes in many versions and hardware varieties. Contact our desktop experts at ISOutsource to discuss your needs and concerns.