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    Tablets will never replace Desktop computing


    I don't understand why some people keep saying that Tablet is the "new" way, and desktop is the "old"/"classic" way. It seems they misunderstand something very basic. Rather,they are just DIFFERENT ways of doing things and are co-exist together.

    Let me explain.
    Tablet and mobile/Touch devices are growing but it will never "replace" desktop computing. As long as human being sit on a chair and work in front of a table. Years ago, people won't be able to use computer efficiently while "moving around". With the introduction of advance mobile devices, it is now become possible. However, it's the funniest joke I've ever heard in my life to claim that mobile devices will replace desktop computing. If you say tablet is going to replace desktop then you are claiming that in the future, people won't sit and work in front of a table/desk in the workplace, which is the most comfortable position to work for thousands years! It is uncomfortable to use a touch devices in this static position. E.g: raising your arm to reach the touch screen monitor? Bending your neck to work on a tablet? Definitely not for a long duration..This is just backward thinking if you are trying to use those devices in a non-moving position. Tablets and mobile devices are only great while you are in motion or short-term data consumption.

    Windows RT/8 will be successful due to the fact that Tablet market is growing, but they dare not to remove desktop mode in the future. In a desktop environment, desktop mode is still a lot more efficient than metro mode.


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    Never say never they say. I'll assume you've been around for a while to see technological changes.

    Hand calculated/written computers (People were called computers pre-WWII) -> Babbage's Difference machine -> Desktop mechanical calculator -> Mainframe electronic computers -> Desktop PCs -> Laptops -> Notebooks -> Smartphones -> PADDs -> Hybrids -> ???

    See the pattern? Smaller -> Smaller -> Smaller

    Throw in the advancing use of the radio wave spectrum -> WiFi -> We'll get into Super WiFi soon = More and more mobile.

    Work-at-home employees in some businesses has increasing and will continue to increase. The more one works, the more one makes scenario. Businesses don't have to maintain a facility. I realize some cannot adopt this tactic.

    I don't get the reaching-our-arms scenario. We do to type and mouse use. I have an idea that replaces the keyboard to aid with touch devices, but I desire not to give up my trade secret.

    How about lowering the desktop height to coffee table height? Would a touch screen work then? Flat or at a certain angle? I've sat with my PC for a short time at a coffee table while I was remodeling my office once. I didn't find it difficult to crouch over in this position.

    Not accusing you or any one individual, but I'm amazed at how many fight the growing technological concept of touch navigation. I think touch is here to stay. The more people buy this technology the more companies like MS, Apple, Google, OEMs, etc. will advance it with their products, whether it be hardware or software.

    Personally I try to adapt to what is, not what I want things to be. The weather, the world, people, or whatever. Perhaps I'm different.

    Will the desktop PC be replaced? I tend to think so, but I probably won't see it in my lifetime. I have about 20 years left, if I'm lucky.
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    We're moving away from physical desktops, and there's no denying that. Even in the enterprise, physical desktops will be phased out. My personal guess would be within the next five to seven years. There are two things behind this.

    One is BYOD and the increase in functionality that tablets have. Outside of specialized applications, I would say that most office work doesn't need the high-powered workstations or multiple monitors that have become vogue in offices. Furthermore, as tablet features continue to advance, we're going to see more docking solutions for them, so in the office you'll be able to plug in to your mouse, keyboard, and widescreen display.

    The second is the increasing use of virtualization, VDI, and the ability to pass through high-powered GPUs to virtual machines. It is now possible to run AutoCAD flawlessly within a virtual machine. The same can be said for Photoshop and other CPU and GPU intensive applications. As a result, we aren't going to need high-powered workstations even for these. A simple thin client can be used at a desk, with all of the processing performed on the server hosting the VDI. This also means being able to run all of your enterprise's software from anything with a decent internet connection that has a remote desktop client.

    The traditional desktop as we know it is definitely on the way out.
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    Things getting smaller, but everything has a limit. (Phones are getting larger in the last 2 years btw)
    Sometimes, we need to go back to the very basic. Technology = Make people life easier and more comfortable.

    If the screen goes too small, it would be uncomfortable for the human eyes. I dare to say that 20+" monitor sitting on your desk with a viewing angle (parallel) to your eyes and neck, is not going to be replaced in the next 20 years until 3D holographic projection become standard in the future. But even that, nothing going to replace the most comfortable viewing angle between your eye, neck and your monitor.

    People are lazy, moving your mouse with keyboard is still the easier/more efficient than today's touch-screen gesture.
    It is an undeniable fact that we need to use more of muscles work for touch screen movement than keyboard+mouse (It is human biology). The only way for something to "replace" keyboards +mouse is to invent something (possibly a new generation of touch screen?) that use SAME or LESS muscles work than keyboard/mouse. Sorry, but today's touch screen technology is too primitive to replace keyboard+mouse in my opinion.

    In the near future, it is possible that tablet will BECOME (not replace) desktop computer itself. Plugging your tablet into your 20+" monitor and act as a desktop computer. (Still using keyboard+mouse and same viewing angle(parallel) between your eye, neck and the monitor). Unplug it and you can move around easily and use touch screen on your tablet.


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Never say never they say. I'll assume you've been around for a while to see technological changes.

    Hand calculated/written computers (People were called computers pre-WWII) -> Babbage's Difference machine -> Desktop mechanical calculator -> Mainframe electronic computers -> Desktop PCs -> Laptops -> Notebooks -> Smartphones -> PADDs -> Hybrids -> ???

    See the pattern? Smaller -> Smaller -> Smaller

    Throw in the advancing use of the radio wave spectrum -> WiFi -> We'll get into Super WiFi soon = More and more mobile.

    Work-at-home employees in some businesses has increasing and will continue to increase. The more one works, the more one makes scenario. Businesses don't have to maintain a facility. I realize some cannot adopt this tactic.

    I don't get the reaching-our-arms scenario. We do to type and mouse use. I have an idea that replaces the keyboard to aid with touch devices, but I desire not to give up my trade secret.

    How about lowering the desktop height to coffee table height? Would a touch screen work then? Flat or at a certain angle? I've sat with my PC for a short time at a coffee table while I was remodeling my office once. I didn't find it difficult to crouch over in this position.

    Not accusing you or any one individual, but I'm amazed at how many fight the growing technological concept of touch navigation. I think touch is here to stay. The more people buy this technology the more companies like MS, Apple, Google, OEMs, etc. will advance it with their products, whether it be hardware or software.

    Personally I try to adapt to what is, not what I want things to be. The weather, the world, people, or whatever. Perhaps I'm different.

    Will the desktop PC be replaced? I tend to think so, but I probably won't see it in my lifetime. I have about 20 years left, if I'm lucky.
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    Actually, we are talking about pretty much the same thing.

    My definition of desktop computing is like a person is sitting in front of his desk using his computer, eye, neck parallel to the 20+" screen, using keyboard+mouse.
    Tablet will become part of desktop computing itself(The tablet is treat as a small-size computer, plugging to the big screen and use keyboard+mouse). But desktop computing will not be "replaced" by the touch-screen and tablet.




    Quote Originally Posted by Kebero View Post
    We're moving away from physical desktops, and there's no denying that. Even in the enterprise, physical desktops will be phased out. My personal guess would be within the next five to seven years. There are two things behind this.

    One is BYOD and the increase in functionality that tablets have. Outside of specialized applications, I would say that most office work doesn't need the high-powered workstations or multiple monitors that have become vogue in offices. Furthermore, as tablet features continue to advance, we're going to see more docking solutions for them, so in the office you'll be able to plug in to your mouse, keyboard, and widescreen display.

    The second is the increasing use of virtualization, VDI, and the ability to pass through high-powered GPUs to virtual machines. It is now possible to run AutoCAD flawlessly within a virtual machine. The same can be said for Photoshop and other CPU and GPU intensive applications. As a result, we aren't going to need high-powered workstations even for these. A simple thin client can be used at a desk, with all of the processing performed on the server hosting the VDI. This also means being able to run all of your enterprise's software from anything with a decent internet connection that has a remote desktop client.

    The traditional desktop as we know it is definitely on the way out.
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    Paradigms are changing. Yes, currently it's much easier to type complex things on a keyboard. And large monitors are quite popular and useful. However, those two things do not mean you must have a desktop computer. Phones like the Galaxy SIII can wirelessly transmit to large monitors. And they can use Bluetooth keyboards and mice. So *TODAY* you can use your phone as your primary computer if the apps fit your needs.

    The same is true of Tablets. Many tablets are now "detachable" which means you can detach the screen from the keyboard and carry it around. You plug it in at home, bring it into the office and plug it in, and you keep the same computer in both places, plus you can use it as a tablet on the go.

    This will become more and more commonplace, and in 5 or so years, the people that don't need a high powered desktop will likely all be using personal computing devices as their primary computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidvoyage View Post
    Actually, we are talking about pretty much the same thing. My definition of desktop computing is like a person is sitting in front of his desk using his computer, eye, neck parallel to the 20+" screen, using keyboard + mouse.
    When I speak of the desktop, I mean the actual, physical workstation. It seems you and I understand "desktop computing" very differently.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    This will become more and more commonplace, and in 5 or so years, the people that don't need a high powered desktop will likely all be using personal computing devices as their primary computer.
    Within five years, no one will need a high-powered workstation. If, right now, I can run AutoCAD on a thin client because the server hosting the virtual machine can do all the video processing using RemoteFX or some similar technology, and pass that on to the thin client, then you really can't say I would need a workstation for AutoCAD. In VMware Workstation 9 (and I believe ESXi 5.1), you can run a hypervisor inside of a virtual machine. That means, with the right disk architecture on the server(s), you don't need a workstation to run a virtual lab for testing. We are rapidly approaching the point where the physical desktop PC is not going to be needed.
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    It's all been said before, but totally agree with thread author.

    It's not a case of either/or, but both/and. Touch has a place on mobile devices, and at the moment that market is explanding at an exponential rate. But that doesn't mean traditional desktop PC has demised. Who would want touch when sitting at a desktop? You can access everything by simply swivelling your hand at the wrist joint and moving your fingers on a mouse. If you're sitting at a PC for 4, 5 or even 6 hours, which I've done many times, who wants to constantly be lifting and moving their whole arm? Surely you'd get RSI, (repetitive strain injury)?

    A lot of people don't want cloud storage or even mobile devices. Most everyone I know have both desktop and mobile, but a lot don't have cloud. And my desktop PC is running extreme mobo, extreme 6 core/12thread CPU, 16GB RAM, with 3 SLI linked graphics cards, with radiator cooling. Put that in a mobile device? No way Hosea! And play hi-speed games with touch on the big screen? Are you out of your cotton pickin mind!

    Frankly with all the hype of modern technology sometimes I just feel like retiring to a quiet cave with a stylus and wax tablet a la Romans. Who really needs to be joined at the hip to the etherenet 24/7?

    We can theorize and speculate till doomsday, but time will tell, and my money is on traditional desktop ... meaning you're actually sitting at a desk with a tower, mouse and keyboard ... being around for a long time yet.

    As someone once said jokingly, MS are bringing out a new micro chip that is inserted by a dentist into your tooth, and downloads data straight from the ethernet into your brain. It comes with a warning: If you've imbibed too many Jack Daniels you risk shoriting out the neurones and frying your brain.

    The guy who said it probably had already imbibed a few too many Jacks, and had been watching Aliens, Predator or Terminator.

    And besides, how would all the DIY folk have fun eagerly awaiting the next release of Windows so they could have an excuse for building a new tower?
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    Tablets are nice toys for hauling around - especially the 7" kind. But for serious work, the desktop will prevail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Tablets are nice toys for hauling around - especially the 7" kind. But for serious work, the desktop will prevail.
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