Many companies from my understanding have employes bring their own computing device to work and take them home when done. That is done because the company thinks they are saving money and in some cases that might be true. In most cases that is just one great big security risk that will cost more in the short and long run. Those companies are hoping that Cloud computing is the answer to not having a server with work stations. Some day that might be the answer but as far as I'm concerned Cloud computing security is still in it's infant stage and is not able to keep up with the use of Cloud computing as it is today.
When someone does a lot of typing one need a quality mechanical keyboard. It is unbelievable how much better they work and without pain.
My first mechanical keyboard (Das 4 Pro) proved that to me. I will be getting another one for my other computer. It takes about a week to get use to the soft touch of the keys and then away you go.
You could carry your laptop to work and a Das keyboard but then you have a much better monitor at home that you would like to have at work for those 8 hour days you are starring at the monitor. Now you need a wagon to carry all the good stuff to work and back home again.
Then to top it all off the internet goes down (opps, where is the Cloud). Well every bodies work just stopped. Okay Mr./Mrs./Miss or what ever employer what do you do with a building full of employes that can't work until the internet comes back up again.
Portable devices don't replace Desktop. They should work in conjunction with Desktops, servers and workstation. That is why a operating system must work well on both types of hardware; portable and non-portable and having the ability to set up the operating system to work just like we want it to on each device.
I think that is the direction Microsoft is heading for with W-10.
Is that not exactly what many of us have been asking for?
I don't mind either. But, for myself I prefer a Laptop. There are 2 Laptops and 1 desktop in our house. The rest are smartphones (iPhones, an Android), and tablets (an iPad and an Android tablet). I have a laptop and an iPhone. My mother has an Android and a desktop. My sisters have iPhones, an iPad, a tablet, and a laptop. Laptops run Win 7 Home Premium x64, desktop runs Win 8.1 x64. The iPhones run iOS 8, and the tablet and the android phone run the new KitKat OS.
Yes, there is a trend of companies *allowing* you to bring your own device, such as tablets and phones.. but they aren't mandating it.
Recently our Internet has been cycling from a few kb/s up to ~5 Mb/s (normal maximum speed, but only for a few seconds).
- Start downloading the browser states that it is only going to take a few minutes.
- Come back 30 minutes later, it has only managed to download a few percent.
Even worse when this happens the download often crashes around 95% completed, meaning I have to start again "from scratch".
At least when there is a total failure, I know that I can shut down the browser and do something else.
If it is downloading then I can't shut it down and I just have to wait for it to finish.
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Yes, I expect the desktop PC is already dead. Shame all those fancy graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies, CPUs will be stuck in the warehouses for ever more.Microsoft should tell those silly companies still manufacturing desktop PC components that there is no future for them!
This is an old thread, I saw...Intel just the other day reported record revenues and said the lion's share of them came from its PC chips and other strictly PC-related products...and they've said their PC business is booming. Of course it is...cell-phones can't do 1/10th of what average PCs can do and touch-tablets can barely do 1/5th of what a decent PC can do in terms of hardware, application, and raw performance support. The other devices generally are not user serviceable and upgradable as is the very, very consumer-friendly desktop PC. It's by far the best product available for personal computing, both in performance *and* value--you just can't beat a desktop PC. The very best of all possible routes, of course, is to build it yourself and use the components you choose...! It doesn't get any better than that... I saw just today an ad for a 1TB SSD that reads data at ~500MB/s through a SATA3 connection and comes with a factory warranty of a cool ten years (at no additional cost.)
Before he passed on, Steve Jobs started the nonsensical "post-PC" drivel...for completely self-serving reasons from Apple's point of view (just like he said mini-tablets were "DOA", etc.) The amazing thing to me was that *anybody* believed it. Apple's still selling desktop PCs and laptops, and was selling them even when Jobs made that silly remark, and Apple is selling more of them now than it was when Jobs was first credited with the phrase. If there's a replacement for the desktop PC I surely don't know what it is...! But what I do know is that cell phones and touch tablets surely aren't it...
Until there are super cooling systems for small factor machines , desktop computers will stay. Also touch screen , motion capture or any other control interface that we might create will hardly beat the precision of a mouse. Not to worry about the desktop mouse + keyboard .. will stay much longer.
my 2 cents
Ugh, this comes up EVERY single year. No, desktops aren't going away because of reasons such as mobile hardware simply cannot compete apples to apples to ATX desktop grade hardware.
But it isn't like 10 years ago where a laptop would be drudgery compared to a high end desktop. The gap is somewhat closing.
Having said that, the common PC form factor these days are laptops. They have decent sized screens, a full keyboard, some are touch, have mouse input, and usually a good amount of I/O connectivity. No need for a giant clunky desktop tower anymore, that's morphed nowadays to an AIO. The new trending form factor that the Surface Pro 3 has been trail blazing are tablet PCs. Again, have decent sized touch screens, come with a full keyboard, have mice input and pen input, has a limited but acceptable I/O connectivity with room for expansion and flexibility like a docking station for added output.
Is the Windows Personal Computer endangered? Never. Is the desktop form factor endangered, yes. Not everyone needs three GPUs and the latest core i7 overclocked watercooled CPU. That's more of a niche audience like myself and everyone here.