Linked by kloty on Tue 6th Apr 2010 21:22 UTC
Editorial A few years ago I wrote on OSNews several articles (1,2) about workstations. After three years I had to stop, because there were no workstations left on the market, they became legacy and were not sold any more. Now with the rise of mobile devices with touchscreen and wireless network connectivity virtually everywhere, the question becomes valid, what will happen with the desktop computers, are they still needed, or will they follow the workstations on their way to computer museums?
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No, sales charts say that people are buying more mobile devices. We're buying mobile devices that can somewhat compete with the desktop PCs because we don't have them already. Meanwhile, most people who have uses for desktops got them. Broadband getting more common is getting people to buy desktop PCs who haven't before, but not at any great rate. The desktop is pretty much at saturation level.

I don't know anyone who has a notebook replacing their desktop, and statistics haven't shown that to be wrong. Fitting with the statistics, I know tons of people who have been getting notebooks and smartphones, in addition to their desktop computers, or in lieu of them for specific cases (like going to college and living in a dorm, where space is a premium).

The desktop will die, and be fully replaced by other things, but we are still a good ways away from it.

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