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Desktop is an IT term for the most fundamental and basic element of a personal computer’s graphical user interface. The desktop display is the default display on the computer when it is booted up; auxiliary features like docks provide end users with options for working from a desktop.
As personal computers evolved from operating systems based on command line to more advanced GUI designs, the desktop remained a common concept in design. Users can change the background image of a desktop, customize icons, or otherwise arrange the desktop into what most appeals to them in terms of aesthetics and function.
New innovations in desktop design include desktop virtualization and desktop-as-a-service, where remote control of the desktop may be part of a provided tech service. This type of remotely provided interface works with cloud services, where more of the computer’s programming and file supply resides in a safe external location.