It’s long been assumed that the ability to do things on the move (and the appeal of the flexibility that brings) will inevitably mean to desktops dying a death. However, desktop sales remain comfortable in nearly all of the markets of the world, and tablets don’t appear to be breaking through as predicted, so what really is going on in the computer world?
Admittedly there is a wider range of options than ever before, the shelves at PC World are filled with desktops, laptops, touch screen tablets, even the odd touch screen laptop, is there space for everything?
Despite what most of the media say, the answer is a resounding yes. As any computer expert will tell you, it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it that counts, all the processing power in the world means nothing without the right software.
So, applying this theory to the computer industry as a whole, mobility doesn’t mean one object that you can take everywhere, it’s much more likely to mean one unified operating system that allows a range of different products to interact. When you consider that in the next twenty years billions of new devices will come online thanks to new chips (things like fridges, microwaves and cookers) the odds are that how these devices communicate with one another will be more important than what they are.
After all, the reason we have laptops and tablets and desktops and everything else is because that they’re all good for something different. Is there are one size fits all solution? No, if you need a lot of processing power you’re going to opt for a desktop – say you’re working on some digital artwork, if you then want to show that to someone, the chances are an iPad is better. You want something to then present that to the masses? A laptop is your best bet.
Of course, there will be a certain merging of functions, it’s possible that the laptop will get squeezed out by more powerful tablets, but the ability to type at speed on a laptop will never be properly replicated on a touch screen, what’s really required is a better keyboard technology, then one of the devices might slip out of the market, but it’s unlikely to be the least mobile of the lot – the desktop. People will always want the safety, storage and processing power that, by definition, only comes with the capacity of a desktop.
So, a wise bet would be for the continuation of the market in all its glorious forms, and for the competition between operating systems to be where the real battle is fought…and the most likely winner is the one with the most clout – Windows, of course.
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