There are a growing number of “experts” predicting the tablet will replace the PC. There are almost as many “experts” saying that they’re wrong. While I won’t say that PCs are dying just yet, I will say that based on personal experiences, tablets are about to greatly impact business computing.
Let me explain.
The longer I’ve owned a tablet, the more I find myself using it instead of a PC. Why? I can sum it up in three words: It saves time. Why wait for my PC to boot up or come out of sleep mode when the tablet is always on? When I’m on the go, there’s no need to unplug cables or wait for it to shut down, I just pick it up and go. In short, it lets me do what I need to do in less time. What business doesn’t want that?
1. Hottest tablets available right now: This list on CIO.com outlines 13 of the best tablets available right now. It also bears mentioning that the most powerful Android tablet to date, the Asus Transformer Prime, is set to be released later on this month.
2. The Personal Computer is Dead. If your company plans on creating tablet/smartphone apps, this is a must-read article. It explains how power is shifting away from end users and software developers and shifting towards operating system vendors. OS vendors have built a mobile ecosystem that gives them total control. How does this affect you? If your company creates a native app, you must rely on the OS vendor. For instance, if Apple makes changes to their regulations that hurt your app, or if they just decide that they don’t want your app in their store, you’re out of luck.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however. The author points out that this problem is avoided easily with the web. Mobile web apps aren’t locked down or regulated by any vendor, and work across all platforms. To learn more about the risks associated with native apps, check out this blog article.