Is it the end of the PC world as we know it? For the first time ever, the majority of computing products sold worldwide this year won’t really be computers at all, but rather will come in the form of smartphones and tablets – according to Deloitte Canada’s 2011 TMT (Technology, Media, Telecom) Predictions report. In 2011, more than 50% of computing devices sold globally will be smartphones, tablets and non-PC netbooks, breaking the PC’s decades-long market dominance. The document characterizes the looming shift as a “tipping point” as the world moves to a more heterogeneous environment of constant connectivity.
Deloitte isnt’ the only company releasing predictions regarding PCs, tablets, and smartphones this time of year. Mary Meeker, a managing director who leads Morgan Stanley’s technology research, predicts, that it will be in 2012, smartphone shipments will exceed those of personal computers.
Conclusion: In the year ahead, businesses and end-users will consume media on many devices, on multiple wireless networks and they will do their computing on different platforms using different operating systems. So we need to learn to accept a world where no single platform emerges as the ‘one’ mobile computing standard, the way Microsoft’s Windows dominates the PC world.