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IE9 with 8 tabs including yours truly CP, tomshardware,hardwarezone, cnn, gpupdate.net,stackoverflow and some other locally stuff => 260MB. I summed it up cause you see 8 ie processes/instances as i'm sure you are aware off.
And they've been open for quite a while at least weeks. I don't have the habbit of turning it off. I leave it on.
Just when it starts feeling slow I restart it(wewen). This is my personal desktop I'm talking about.
I have found that almost every browser is a memory hog if left open for too long (days, weeks) They never see to release any.
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My job is to develop desktop app, but in recent years, I found even myself shifting to web app for stuff like document and the spreadsheet, I rarely use the installed office right now.
Another thing is that I found many retail shops are using system that are web-based, this is not the case several years ago
So, is desktop app future really doomed?
Although web, smart phones and tablets are taking over, there will always be a need for desktops. Some companies can't use web based applications for security purposes, others simply don't want to rely on it. How do you run your business if you lose a connection? What if you live in a country that limits internet usage and can cut it off at any time?