The Death of the Desktop PC? What Does the Future Hold for This Technology?

The Death Of The Desktop PC? What Does The Future Hold For This Technology?

Much has been written on the long-term survival of the desktop PC. The proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and cloud computing within the enterprise is changing the way we work, but does that mean the PC is destined for extinction?

There’s no denying, the PC market is suffering right now. According to a recent Gartner report, worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.4 million units in Q2 2015, a 9.5 percent dip from Q2, 2014. The report further predicts an overall decline of 4.4 percent in 2015.

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What are your options when your existing PCs aren’t compatible with Windows 7?

Want to save time and money on your Windows 7 deployment? Virtualize!

 If you’re a stalwart IT decision maker who stuck by Windows XP for the last decade, you’re finally coming face to face with the reality of a Windows 7 world. And you’re probably asking yourself: so how do I make the move?

For many organizations, the number one problem will be one of hardware. Until now, all you had to do was run a 10-year-old operating system, so power and performance weren’t much a concern. But Windows 7 is a powerful operating system whose requirements don’t align too well with all those old PCs sitting under your employees’ desks. And upgrading 200 or 1,000 or 5,000 PCs along with rolling out a new operating system is a hefty chunk of change that many if not most organizations simply don’t have right now.

 So again, how do you make the move?

 As with the challenges in storage and servers, the smart and money-saving answer for switching your OS may be in virtualization.

In fact, by virtualizing the Windows 7 operating system, you can extend the life of those antique PCs. How? [Read more…]