Demand for PCs remains strong

Despite slow overall global growth in laptops and desktops, the demise of the humble PC in the workplace is perhaps overplayed, going by research among IT pros.

Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, surveyed 1,000 IT pros across the US, Canada and the UK who influence the IT buying decisions at their organisations, and found that PC usage growth is far outstripping that in tablets and smartphones. And most companies are not expecting the PC to be replaced as the primary device for work any time soon.

The findings also show that Dell is the most commonly used PC brand in organisations, followed by HP and Lenovo. But emerging PC players like Microsoft are expected to see a "major boost in the next year".

Among organisations surveyed, an average of 60% of employees currently use desktops as their primary work device. Laptops are used by 27% of employees as their primary device, followed by thin clients (5%), tablets (3%), smartphones (2%), and 2-in-1s (2%).

In terms of future business investments, the results indicate that while desktop investments are expected to be 'relatively flat' in the next 12 months, 43% of businesses expect to increase their laptop investments. Mobile devices, such as tablets (25%), smartphones (16%) and 2-in-1s (18%) are expected to see about half the growth of laptops.

"Although many predict the popularity of mobile devices will lead to the 'death of the PC', this prophecy won't become a reality any time soon in the corporate world," said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks.

"It's true that desktop PCs will become less prevalent in the near future, giving way to laptops, but tablets and smartphones still face usability challenges that prevent them from enabling key tasks in the workplace. So, for the foreseeable future, traditional PCs will remain dominant while tablets and smartphones serve as complementary devices."

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