Death of the PC Announced – Again

It was just announced that Microsoft is reorganizing again and the story online read that it was in response to the fact that the latest Windows version's sales are lagging and the majority of people are now using their tablet and smartphone more than their laptop or PC. So the PC is going the way…

It was just announced that Microsoft is reorganizing again and the story online read that it was in response to the fact that the latest Windows version's sales are lagging and the majority of people are now using their tablet and smartphone more than their laptop or PC. So the PC is going the way of the dodo bird, huh? Let's explore what the future looks like without it.

You may or may not have noticed that the hardware in a lot of offices is disappearing. This is the impact of cloud computing, where servers are now based in data centers (ie the cloud) and accessed via the internet. It's what the Fortune 500 did some years ago as it's more dependable and much less expensive and uber-scalable. So what's that have to do with the PC?

Well, once your server is virtualized on a cloud super computer you can access it from any web enabled device. So this means you can access it from anywhere, home, the office, the road, etc. And commonly used to replace the PC tower is a device I call ahe caddy. It's about the size of a paperback novel, uses one tenth of the electricity of a tower, has no moving parts and lasts eight to ten years. You plug your monitor, keyboard and mouse in and away you go.

So now look at what the future office looks like: No server, no PC towers, no moving parts. A greatly reduced need for electricity, a fraction of the in-office CO2 emissions, and with all of the old fashioned hardware elsewhere the hassles and issues are reduced to almost nil. What's nil? We've calculated that with a cloud setup such as this 95.1% of a network's hassles are history. But it gets even better. Ninety-five percent of that remaining 5% are problems that can be handled remotely. That means that 99.75% of your network and computer problems are out the door, for good.

No wonder so many people are skeptical of the cloud, it's going to eliminate their job! But that's a disruptive innovation effect because there is no escaping it now or in the future. And imagine the devices we'll be using to access the cloud, already it encompasses televisions and all web surfing devices, what next? Holograms that are 3D movies and shows and concerts that just hang in space, or perhaps surround us, all driven by cloud based technologies.

This elimination of all of the hardware in offices is much more than just a clean up move, an efficiency play. It's nothing short of a major shift of hardware risk from you to a vendor. Now the vendor has the responsibility of maintaining and replacing the servers. And often the device itself used to connect to the cloud. Your network is now upgraded and the upgrade lasts forever. Understand? Your network is forever new because the vendor is constantly updating, upgrading, replacing and repairing out of your sight and out of your mind.

So look to the cloud to free you from the longstanding hidden of the old fashioned hardware network. Once you make your move you'll wonder why everyone does not do this. And someday, they will.