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How to: Change the Application Type

You can switch the application type for your application at any time.

By using Visual Studio LightSwitch, you can create 2-tier desktop applications, 3-tier desktop applications, and 3-tier Web applications. How you deploy an application depends on the client type and server topology that you select.

  • A 2-tier desktop application runs on an end-user Windows desktop. The database and server components are deployed to the end-user computer.

  • A 3-tier desktop application runs on an end-user Windows desktop. The database and server components are deployed to an Internet Information Services (IIS) server or to Windows Azure.

  • A 3-tier Web application runs in an end-user web browser. The database and server components are deployed to an Internet Information Services (IIS) server or to Windows Azure.

To change the application type

  1. On the Project menu, choose Properties to open the Application designer.

  2. In the Application Designer, choose the Application type tab.

  3. In the Client section, choose either the Desktop or Web option button.

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