About Desktop Applications

Because computer technology changes rapidly, Desktop Applications are an exciting and evolving set of tools for the computerized world. Before delving into what it takes to become proficient in their use, let’s first define the category to gain a better understanding of what it’s all about.

 Desktop applications are programs that operate on a PC or laptop. They are different from web-based applications that run over the Internet.  Some of the most recognizable programs, common to most office environments, come from the Microsoft Office Suite.  MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook are all familiar applications to most of us, and mastering their operation is something we can help with here at ACE.

Desktop Applications in the Real World

 The Desktop Applications Specialist is responsible for troubleshooting, installing, maintaining and upgrading all technical problems related to a customer and/or employee workstation. For this reason, they are highly sought after professionals because most businesses cannot survive without the technology these specialists are responsible for maintaining.

 Desktop Applications Specialists keep a company up and running. And, as technology gets ever more complicated and widespread, the opportunities in this field are only going to grow.  All of the following types of technology positions generally carry a background in basic applications Desktop Support Specialists, Desktop Specialists, Information Technology Specialists, IT Support Specialists, Help Desk Personnel, Help Desk Consultants, Network Administrators and Systems Administrators.

 Most employers seek candidates who have formal training as a Desktop Specialist. The certifications they most often seek is the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS/MOUS) Expert: This is the platinum standard in the industry.

 What exactly is this training? It certifies that you are an expert in working with Microsoft Office programs and offers expert certification in the following Microsoft applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. This certification is so important because most companies – large and small î º use windows for their operating systems.

 MCDST is an acronym for Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician. It is a variation on the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS/MOUS) certification mentioned above.