Originally Posted by teruchan
I think PCs will go back to where they came from, the business and professional market, and it will be minuscule and catered to by a few companies willing to create for this market. The rest of the world will likely go the way of Japan and Korea, where new wiz-bang high tech gadgets will be in everyone's hand and normal people won't be thinking about a desktop computer anymore.
I haven't had a desktop since Summer 2008. I have been on a laptop every since, and now I am all about the tablet. I can't do everything on it, but I already use it far more than my laptop. Having a SIM card in it is a huge plus over laptops.
In huge emerging markets like China, PCs have never made noteworthy market penetration, but even farmers walking on the side of the road have kick-ass touch screen mobile devices. I read somewhere that, in the third world, there are millions who have smart phones but don't even have electricity in their home!
The cell phone thing though is due to the lack of telephone lines, it's much easier for them to put up cell towers than run phone lines everywhere.
But yeah, computers like what we use are losing popularity. The vast majority of the world only needs a web browser and the Office suite and that's it.