Thursday, 13 December 2012

Will Windows 8 entail the death of the desktop?

In late October, Microsoft released Windows 8 - the latest edition of Microsoft’s OS that is designed to work on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Windows 8 offers a business-class environment, integrating PCs, tablets and smartphones with SkyDrive cloud storage, Microsoft Office 365 and other Microsoft platforms.

According to Microsoft, Windows 8 will increase tablet usage, which will outsell desktop PCs in the very near future. Does this mean the death of the desktop is becoming a reality soon? As reported by PC Pro last June, even though Microsoft leaders predict that sales of tablet will surpass desktop PCs because of Windows 8 in 2013, this doesn't mean that the end of the desktop is coming in the near future. Microsoft vice president said the fact that touch is coming to the desktop will change the way we use the desktop as it is today.

A review on The Globe and Mail, however, predicts a gloomy future for the desktop stating: 'regardless of whether the newest version of the world’s most ubiquitous operating system is any good, it’s still going to mark a watershed moment – the death of the desktop...... Years from now, you may still own a desktop, but the software on it will be derivative of the software on your mobile device, not the other way around.'

What are your thoughts? Do you think the Desktop PC will be going away in the near future? And most important of all, do you imagine yourselves using touch functionalities on your desktop computer?


  1. Tablet sell might grow because it is a new market. Many people have desktops and laptobs and they might not have the need to buy a new one in the new future. That said, for personal usage desktop will have less space since home usage mostly is limited for web browsing and entertainment. Tablets are more geared towards that. For work purpose, I don't see the desktop going away any time soon. Windows 8 works well on desktop mode as well.

  2. Windows 8 makes me want to use my desktop more than ever!

  3. Personally, I love Windows 8. I use it professionally at work and its integrated easily into our domain, our CRM application and all the daily tools I use.
    the best part for me is it makes it very quick and easy for me to sync my files from my notebook to my desktop so I don't have to remember to copy things back and forth.

    Windows 8 wont spell the end of desktops, but it will change the way we use them. I see desktops acting more like SOHO servers in coming years, and with the drop in desktop sales, it will inevitably bring the price up.

    Touch has a long way to go to completely replacing the mouse. I can't wait for that day!

  4. I think that we will continue to use desktops - just the way we use our desktops will change. There will be requirements for a touch screen display, easier connections or syncing of multiple personal devices.

    I love my windows 8.

  5. Ergonomically speaking, there is no way I would prefer touch over my mouse and keyboard. Imagine writing your annual report on touch keyboard. I haven't tried Windows 8 yet, from the reviews above it seems worth while trying.

  6. I do not see the death of Desktops anytime soon especially in the business world. Touchscreens are far to slow to overtake the ease and comfort of our Keyboards and mice. I believe touchscreen devices will simply be a companion to desktops in business environments for awhile yet

    Using Windows 8 on the desktop has been quite nice with only a few fall backs that I've noticed. One would be when using a dual display setup, the use of the menu that is accessed when moving the mouse up to the top right of the screen can be tedious because in a dual screen environment, if you aren't precise with the mouse you will just roll into the next screen and the menu won't appear.
    Another issue is the fullscreen Windows 8 apps are not designed to work in the desktop environment very well. For instance, right-click does not work in most if any of the full screen Windows 8 apps.