Declining desktops

Meta Group predicts that, by 2006, only 45% of corporate users will count a traditional desktop as their primary information device.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  January 20, 2004

With the mobile computing buzz swamping markets worldwide, it is little surprise that Meta Group predicting that, by 2006, only 45% of corporate users will count a traditional desktop as their primary information device. Instead of the humble PC, 40% of us will primarily use a notebook or tablet PC, while the final 15% will utilise thin-client or other information appliances such as handheld. “By 2007, the average user will interact regularly with at least four distinct computing devices — a personal home PC, smart digital entertainment system, corporate computer, and mobile information device,” says Steve Kleynhans, vice president with Meta Group’s technology research services. Such development in the hardware sector will have seious implications for those in the software industry, with Meta Group predicting that vendors will have to develop and customise their solutions for mobile access. "This multiplicity of devices will force software vendors to focus on information synchronisation as well as 'thinning' or 'roaming' applications to enable users to access their information independent of the device they are using," says Kleynhans.

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