Is there a place for the desktop PC in the future?

The desktop PC, once a staple of workstations across the world, could be slowly phased out if new research is to be believed.


Despite remaining powerful and capable of performing most day-to-day tasks with ease, it is being left behind by devices that are much more suited to the third platform technologies that are taking over the IT world. These are social media, cloud computing, big data and mobile functionality.

What is causing the change?

Simply put, the modern workforce is not prepared to be restricted by a device that isn’t portable. While they still have a place in offices, they do not provide the mobile functionality that other devices, such as tablets, can now offer – without much of a sacrifice in processing power.

IDC found that this decline is already underway, and is set to continue throughout 2015. The firm’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker expects the fall to be around 6.2 per cent for the rest of the year – the fourth straight year of decreasing sales.

According to IDC, there was brief spike in demand due to Microsoft dropping its support for Windows XP, facilitating the need for replacement systems. However, this soon returned to normal levels as the drive for smartphone and tablet replacements took over.

“Microsoft and PC vendors still need to convince users of the advantages of the new OS and new PCs, which will take some time,” said Vice President of Worldwide PC Trackers, Loren Loverde.

“In addition to educating clients, they’ll face tough competition from other devices, and weak spending in many regions. As a result, we see PC shipments stabilising in 2016, followed by limited growth for the next few years.”

As more companies direct their focus toward third platform technologies, it is likely this demand will continue to fall. However, only time will tell if they will be replaced completely in the workplace.