I am in the early phase of a project, brainstorming the overall design and it involves putting together a collection of different web based applications under the umbrella of one application "launcher". The user will be able to log in and launch one of the products to do their work and switch to and from any of the other products as needed.
One of the design options that is floating about is the use of a tray that slides in (from top or left) when activated to show icons for other products. Click an icon and the tray slides closed and the new product loads.
I have done a lot of looking around and it seems this is exclusively a mobile/tablet pattern. Has anyone done any testing with a slide in/out tray navigation pattern like this a desktop based application that says it is or isn't a good idea?