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Thanks for the comment, rpasea. You're right: Windows 7 and Windows XP are totally adequate for most business needs. Chances are, these desktop-centric operating systems and their legacy software will remain workplace institutions for a long time. Touch definitely has value in business/ work environments-- but it's value that's currently confined to specific verticals, rather than widely deployed across all enterprises. That will likely change, bit by bit-- we've got an article on the topic coming up, in fact.

But the point still remains: PCs are going to keep ruling the enterprise. That said, PCs' enterprise importance will never be quite what it was before. At one point, PCs were the center of the universe, with virtually 100% of the computing market among both consumers and businesses. That's no longer the case, and as next-gen tablets and other new devices work their way into business workflows and become endowed with new apps and capabilities, PCs will lose still more influence. To be clear, I'm talking about a drop from 100% share to something that's still insanely high. I'd be guessing if I tossed out a number-- but PCs will still be essential to businesses.

Nevertheless, if tablets and ultraportables own the consumer space and take over a small fraction of the enterprise, the result will still be a substantial shift in our computing culture. As our coverage has explored, the PC isn't dying, let alone dead. But it's also not the only big, strong kid on the block anymore.


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