Windows is converting to the new era of computing, which consists of tablets and smartphones. In 2000, Microsoft invented the term: ‘Microsoft Tablet PC’, these tablets were targeted mainly to businesses to be used as note-taking devices, although they failed to become a success. However in recent years, Windows has resolved the issues the tablets had, such as their weight and lack of applications present and redeveloped the Microsoft Tablet PC after realising their clientele needed something new, exciting and even better.
The Fall of the PC
It’s without a doubt that PC’s are still the top tool for various tasks, and can easily handle the usual IT activities we need them for, such as web browsing, emailing and social media. However the rise of tablets and smartphones have made PC’s less of a necessity in our daily lives. Tablets initially started off as an accessory to the PC; however they are now a full functional alternative. Today’s figures according to Gartner show that total worldwide PC sales have fallen 14% to 76.3 million, the lowest they have been since 2009.
One sad factor for PC’s, is that they still perform perfectly, even those purchased five years ago. However there’s no denying that tablets are more convenient and fit peoples casual computing needs.
The Rise of Tablets
Since 2010, we’ve seen a massive growth within the tablet market, with latest reports suggesting its heading towards becoming a $64 billion industry. With the rapid growth of tablets and the decline of PC’s, it’s apparent that people are opting to purchase a tablet to complement and in some ways replace their home computers. By 2015 it has been predicted that tablet sales will surpass PC sales for the first time ever.
Microsoft relished the PC to tablet trend, shown by the release of Windows 8. Its main mission wasn’t to save PC’s but to instead guide Windows users through the changeover, of merging tablets and PC’s. Microsoft’s strategy behind Windows 8 was to keep the PC around and for Windows to run on both, although it was clear to them that their customers would now opt for a tablet as their main computer.
Many believe that Windows 8 will more than likely lead to an even bigger decline in the PC sales market this year.
This post was written by Susie Francis, a freelance writer.