How Do You Choose Between a Web App and a Cloud App?

Netsmartz LLC
3 min readDec 12, 2022

Creating a web or cloud application that withstands the test of time and brings in substantial users to boost business outcomes is the backbone of many IT products and services that we use today.

Ever-evolving technologies and dynamic customer needs have caused businesses to use new tactics. Thus, deciding between a web app and a cloud app is crucial to make or break user experiences.

In this blog, we’ll dive deeper into what a web app and a cloud app are and understand the differences that set them apart. We’ll further scrutinize the two regarding their business prospects and user acceptability.

Let’s dive right into it!


  • Introduction
  • What is a web app?
  • What is a cloud app?
  • Web App vs. Cloud App: The Difference
  • Conclusion: Which to choose?

What is a Web App?

A web app is a software application solely designed to run on web browsers. Its job is to deliver refined customer experiences through a one-stop solution platform for a product or service.

But what makes a web app different from a website?

The distinction is subjective; however, most people would agree that a website gives information, whereas a web app provides functionality. Wikipedia, for example, is a website that provides information while Facebook is an online application (web app).

But don’t be misled by the term “app.” Web apps, unlike mobile apps, do not require downloading. Web apps run in browsers such as Chrome, Safari, or Firefox and consume no memory or storage space on the user’s device.

Here are some noteworthy examples of web apps:

  • Amazon
  • Starbucks
  • eBay
  • Pinterest

Web apps have been in the game for quite some time now, unlike cloud apps, and have amassed a great user base. Here are some mind-boggling statistics as reported by Emergen Research:

  • The global progressive web application market size was USD 1.3 billion in 2019 and it is anticipated to reach USD 10.44 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 31.9% during the forecast period.
  • According to the above research, web apps have a higher conversion rate as compared to native apps.
  • Starbucks is a perfect example of a web app done right as its web user interface gives the same experience as a mobile app and drives customer retention.

What is a Cloud App?

Cloud apps are software programs that run in the cloud and are accessible via a local server.

The cloud is a metonym for the internet and generally refers to data stored on the internet. In the case of a cloud app, the data is in the form of a working application.

These apps can be installed on a local device or are accessible via a web browser and utilized without the requirement for connectivity till the need to upload/download new data arises.

Here are some noteworthy examples of cloud apps:

  • Salesforce
  • Zoom
  • Dropbox
  • Zendesk

Cloud apps though new, have tremendous business benefits and a great user retention rate. Since they store all the data on the cloud offline, you wouldn’t have to access the internet as long as you’re not creating or uploading new files. This has made it more user-friendly.

Here are a few interesting statistics that will make you believe in the power of cloud apps:

  • According to Forbes, 81% of all businesses have a multi-cloud strategy.
  • The cloud applications market is worth over $150 billion.
  • Cloud infrastructure services generate $178 billion per year in revenue.

Web App vs. Cloud App: The Difference

Conclusion: Which to Choose?

Though quite similar, web apps and cloud apps have minute differences that set them apart. A cloud app is an extension of a web app as it shares the same DNA but functions differently within its core.

A web app is a great choice if you want to build lightweight apps that can run smoothly on browsers without any interruptions. Users wouldn’t have to download any packages or check for device compatibility to use web apps, or even fret about frequent updates.

On the other hand, cloud apps are ideal for intensive, data-driven, and data-rich workloads because they provide safe access to data from anywhere. Though, it will require you to download the cloud app, check the compatibility of your device and run frequent updates.

All in all, both are great bets. If you are further interested in web app development, contact us today!



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