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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It’s in to be thin

The computer under your desk is a big, clunky thing with a lot of moving parts. And moving parts mean that, sooner or later, some of those parts are going to break. That’s why, realistically, the traditional desktop has a three- to five-year lifespan.

 But the increasingly widespread adoption of virtualization and data centers is leading a lot of IT professionals to ask: “If I’m running little or nothing locally anymore, and all my processing is being done centrally, why do I need beefy, high-performance boxes with lots of moving parts prone to breaking sitting under everyone’s desk?”

 Well, the reality is, you probably don’t. And that’s why thin clients have begun getting a lot of attention. Frankly, it’s about time. Because though thin clients are one of the most ignored or misunderstood hardware options out there, they’re also one of the most cost-effective and secure.

Essentially, a thin client is a slimmed down, stripped down version of a desktop. But [Read more…]

The 3 Challenges Of The New Desktop Environment

There’s a perfect storm out there and it’s causing a radical change to the desktop environment.

The proof is everywhere. Start with the prominent use of Windows XP, a 10-year- old operating system causing a mass migration to Windows 7. Next is a sea of aging client hardware, remnants of down-economy budget crises.

Combine these pressures with an onslaught of new tablet devices, exploding into the enterprise, and you have all the ingredients for a complete transformation in desktop delivery practices. “It’s truly a paradigm shift,” says Scott Harper, Softchoice’s Director of Business Development. “End users want to have full access to a customized desktop experience, for all business applications, on any device, anytime, anywhere.”

In the face of this evolution, IT leaders are dealing with a number of key considerations. We explore what Scott sees as the top three challenges of the new desktop environment. [Read more…]