Corporate data will be more freely available for use on laptops and mobile devices but will be stored in an encrypted fashion on them. If the laptop is lost or stolen, corporate data will suffer little exposure. Corporate data created on the laptop will be synchronized with central databases, so it can't be lost for lack of a backup.
Desktop management will be policy driven and subject to much greater automated administration. "You will spend more on coffee and office supplies than desktop management," predicted Dhingra, which means desktop administration expenses will sink far below Gartner's estimated current expense of $4,000 to $7,000 per user.
Employees will access their corporate desktops from whatever device is most convenient at the time, just as they access e-mail from BlackBerrys and cell phones, Dhingra predicted.
Employees will switch back and forth between personal computing and business computing "without thinking twice," since both will be resident on the same machine, he added.
Citrix's final prediction was that users wouldn't complain about their desktops being too slow, the complaint that sprang up with many early attempts to virtualize the client.