How are you doing? Are you still hanging in there? It's been tough, I know. People have talked about you being dead for a while but you don't listen, you just keep moving along. I'll admit, there were some dark times for you. It seemed like only yesterday that every cool new thing was a browser-based application. People were talking about storing everything in the cloud and how the operating system was dead. Vista didn't help matters much and then even Leopard didn't do much to further your cause. If operating systems are dead, the desktop is basically dead, right? Or at least that's what everyone told you.
But you knew. You understood that the desktop is more than just an operating system. It's hardware, storage space, a persistent connection and more control over the entire software experience. Everyone seemed to forget but you read your Maximum PC and kept smiling. It worked out. The desktop is exciting again in a number of interesting ways.
But that isn't the most interesting part, is it? I remember you talking about how you were annoyed so many people were talking about the browser without reminding people that the browser was a desktop application. Now that area is heating up. This dustup between Safari and Mozilla? It's over a desktop application! Why? Because the desktop is important. It's the most valuable place. From there you can control the search path, you can control the experience and you can keep rolling out updates. It's easy to leave a webpage and never come back. But uninstalling a desktop application? A browser? That's harder. And I bet you're excited that browsers are looking more and more like avenues into the desktop. They've got offline storage, extensions, and think about how they'll evolve. More desktop-centric? Seems to be going that way.
So welcome back desktop. We've missed you. So now that everyone is paying attention to you, try not to let it go to your head. The tech crowd is fickle. Just keep showing off and making sure people understand why you're important. I'd also make sure to talk to cloud. She's got a lot of interesting stuff going on. Maybe you two could get together...date...have some little desktop/cloud babies. That would be the ultimate union. The desktop and the cloud together.