This article was intended to be written about 2 years ago. However, it would then have been a foolish post thanks to lack of proof. So here it comes.
By now everyone would have noticed that the Desktop Computer in Personal Computing usage is slowly coming to an end. No more loose cables hanging under/behind the table; no more “Oh! Power snapped” excuses and no more “I left it back home” exempts. In less than a couple of years, there would be only two computing devices – ‘Wall Mounts’ and ‘Hand Helds’. And yes, I mean it.
Content will be in the Cloud, the OSes will be on your Displays and Palm Tops. The computer will be a huge thin display hung on the wall with just the input devices connecting to it wirelessly. The computer would be your Phone with your contacts and messages up in your server that can be downloaded onto any device you may connect to the Network with. The world would seemlessly integrate sans all the boundaries of dependability on numerous factors. And this is not an ideal future; its the tomorrow you are seeing outside your windows.
Do you need proof. Here it comes.
3G came into India and turned phones into Video Calling devices. The most used International calling software Skype is available on iPhone OS, for the Blackberry and even on the Android platform. Android is available for Handhelds be it Phones or Gaming Devices. Soon its going to be available for TVs too. Softwares and platforms are “on the cloud” today. Phone Contacts to Emails (thanks to Google) and now even TV shows and Movies (thanks to iTunes, Qriocity and Media Hub). And all this just on Free Open Source platform. If and when the competition strikes havoc, imagine the world of options we would have.
While I would buy the fact that in Industrial applications and High End Media services, Desktops might still last a few more years, I would guess most of you would agree with my point of view on the future of Personal Computing.
If you think different, why dont we debate the same in the Comments down below?