Is the desktop PC dead?

There is no doubt that desktop computers have declined in popularity. Both at home and in the office. (Although experts are predicting a resurgence in home desktops due to the need for high-end PCs to power virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality gaming experiences).

In July 2018, 53% of the global market share belongs to mobile devices, with desktops behind at 43%[1]. And, while the UK is still behind the worldwide trend towards mobility – with 52% of the market still belonging to the traditional PC – it is only a matter of time before we catch up with the mobile revolution.

The reasons why businesses are switching to mobile devices are clear.

  • You can’t take a desktop with you when you meet a client
  • You can’t take your desktop home at night
  • You can’t take your desktop on the road
  • Desktop computers take up more space in the office.

In a nutshell, the traditional desktop computer doesn’t facilitate flexible working.

But more than this, over the past few years, advancements in capacity mean that low-cost laptops often meet the needs of the average user; especially when combined with hosted desktop technology and other cloud-based software. And, when you put all this together, there are less and less reasons for businesses to invest in desktop computers.

So when it comes to the traditional PC, the decline in sales can be attributed to two things:

  • Advancements in the cloud and mobile technology
  • A demand for more mobile/flexible ways of working.

And, with these trends showing no signs of slowing down, the importance of the desktop PC has been reduced in most businesses.

Despite this, reports of the death of the PC are greatly exaggerated. Today, most organisations use multiple devices and platforms, with smartphones, tablets and PCs all being used collaboratively, depending on whatever task each platform is best suited to.

And, as such, the hosted desktop is now more important than ever. Not least because, with a hosted desktop, you can navigate between different devices with ease. In fact, the cloud-based hosted desktop works just like a standard computer desktop. You simply open your computer (or mobile device) and access all the files and applications you need to do your job. But, unlike a traditional desktop, the settings, data, and operating system are delivered over the internet, rather than stored on your computer’s hard drive.

This mean that you can work from multiple devices and operating systems, and be presented with the same desktop, applications and files.

Tech is key to creating an effective mobile workforce. But this doesn’t just mean supplying employees with smartphones. Instead, you have to leverage both fixed and mobile technology. Investing in a hosted desktop solution ensures people can access their data, software, and files wherever they are.

Furthermore, with more and more workplaces introducing BYOD initiatives, the hosted desktop can be aligned with cloud services to deliver benefits in mobility, collaboration, productivity and security. Find out more about the benefits of hosted desktops and BYOD programs.

How secure is your data?

With a hosted desktop solution, all the business applications, data and documents you need are installed on a cloud-hosted server in a carefully controlled UK data centre. This means that they never sit on any individual user’s device. And, should a device get lost or stolen, you can wipe that all-important data remotely and centrally.

With concerns about security rising along with mobile working practices, the hosted desktop should be considered as part of your corporate-wide security policies.

Find out more about how our cloud-hosted desktops can help you work securely from multiple devices. All for one affordable monthly payment and no upfront capital investment*.

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[1] http://gs.statcounter.com/platform-market-share/desktop-mobile-tablet/