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
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?