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Is this the future of mobile computing?

 

Above is an image of my trusty Blackberry Playbook with its new accessory – a bluetooth keyboard.  Now you must be wondering why would I put a keyboard on a tablet?  The answer is productivity.  You see all the tablets on the market at the moment are consumption devices in that you browse the web, use Facebook etc.  Have you ever tried to actually do work on them? It is not easy to be productive on tablets compared to a laptop for example. By adding a keyboard you effectively turn a tablet into a laptop and being productive becomes a lot easier (you can type without losing half the screen which you do with the onscreen keyboard).


So what? You still don’t have the software like Microsoft Office on tablets.

That is correct but that will soon be changing.  Microsoft are in the midst of bringing out the Surface Pro which will run a full version of Windows 8 along with the ability to run Microsoft Office.  By doing this Microsoft is giving the user a clear choice – do your work on a laptop, desktop or a tablet.  If you are able to get the software you use on a daily basis on a tablet you can then use a tablet more productively.  This is the first time that this has happened and it could be a game changer.  When you just want a tablet you disconnect the keyboard but when you want to actually do work then you plug it back in – you are getting the best of both worlds.

If users are taken with the idea of Microsoft Office on a tablet then you might see laptop sales start to suffer (PC sales are still going down anyway) which could seriously hurt companies like Lenovo, Dell and HP.  If however users are not really that bothered then tablets will continue to be used to consume data rather then produce it.

And what about my Playbook? I will probably use it more for consuming data than producing it but at least with its new keyboard I now have the choice.

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Is the PC dead?


I spent way to long on the weekend browsing the internet and came across an article that HP in the last quarter lost $8.8 billion!!!!  This was apparently based on declining PC sales and this got me thinking – is the PC dead?

So what is the answer then? I don’t think the PC is dead just yet but I would say it is on its last legs and I shall explain why.

1. Tablets

Tablet sales are increasing year on year.  People are increasingly using tablets for a variety of reasons and one of the biggest is you can take them anywhere.  They provide an easy to use interface and you are able to expand their use by downloading apps.  Contrast this with the cumbersome PC which is installed in one place and can not be taken anywhere.  The PC uses more electricity too.

2. Laptops

Laptops can now provide the user with anything the PC can.  A laptop now comes with more memory than an average user will ever need and like the tablet can be taken anywhere.  You can also run your favourite programs on them which means you are still able to be productive.  Where the laptop wins over the tablet is that you can actually do proper work on them!!

3. Mobile Computing

Users and businesses are getting more mobile – fact.  Users can now work from anywhere that has an internet connection and are no longer limited to the office – the domain of the PC.  With more and more company employees working remotely there will be less incentive to go out and purchase new PC’s.

Where the PC still stands proud is gaming, however with laptops and tablets getting more powerful with every release surely it is just a matter of time before the PC goes the same way of the dinosaur.

Goodbye old friend we will miss you.

What do you think?

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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