Desktop PC use is on decline

The desktop PC has been the corporate user's main information tool for about 20 years, but with the falling cost of laptops and the rapid evolution of wireless networks, Meta expects the PC's popularity to plummet as information workers adopt new technologies. Steve Kleynhans, vice president of Meta's technology research services, said that 45% of corporate users will still use a desktop PC as their main information tool, but 40% will prefer a notebook or tablet PC.

The desktop PC has been the corporate user's main information tool for about 20 years, but with the falling cost of laptops and the rapid evolution of wireless networks, Meta expects the PC's popularity to plummet as information workers adopt new technologies. Steve Kleynhans, vice president of Meta's technology research services, said that 45% of corporate users will still use a desktop PC as their main information tool, but 40% will prefer a notebook or tablet PC. The final 15% will migrate to a thin-client or an alternative "information appliance." Kleynhans describes 60% of information workers as "corridor warriors" that roam from meeting to meeting.

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