The new generation of PowerServer (PowerServer 2021) will enable you to automatically deploy PowerBuilder projects as “desktop cloud apps”. As indicated by the name, such applications feature both “desktop” and “cloud” attributes. Desktop meaning the application will still run natively on the Windows desktop with the powerful functionality and rich user interface of a desktop application. Cloud meaning the database and the database-related operations residing in the cloud (rather than on-premise) with automatic deployment of the client to users over the Internet. In other words, you can think of “desktop cloud apps” as the modern desktop app that requires Internet connection to install and run. For more information, refer to Whitepaper: Deploying PowerBuilder Apps to the Cloud.
Furthermore, the upcoming revision of PowerBuilder (PowerBuilder 2019 R3) will provide a new deployment method: PowerClient. PowerClient aims to solve the headaches associated with deploying and updating client/server applications on premise (i.e. local area network). It will no longer be necessary to create your own installation programs or to manually install and update PowerBuilder applications to each Windows desktop machine. For more information, refer to Whitepaper: Automating On-Premise Deployment of PowerBuilder Apps.