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Say goodbye to desktops

by KieranFebruary 28, 2015

I was in the office the other day as one of my colleagues walked through the door. He was carrying not one, not two, not three, but four items of tech with him. He had: his personal mobile phone; his work mobile phone; his iPAD and his laptop.

After extensive questioning, I concluded that he wasn’t nuts, but rather carried all these items out of necessity. His reasoning for having all these items was that:
– He needed his personal mobile for personal calls / emails
– His work mobile for work-related calls and emails
– The iPAD was to take to customer pitches to show product demos
– His laptop was for when he reached the office – to dock on multiple screens

So, it seemed that he actually did need to be carrying all that tech – but, that doesn’t make it any less nuts. With the power of mobile devices these days (the LG T585 has 16GB RAM (more than the average PC)) it seems very peculiar that no-one has developed a solution to this problem. I mean, why can’t I connect my phone to my desk monitor, keyboard and mouse?

I would assume that the reasoning is something to do with the low-power graphics cards in devices which are designed to work on screens of a particular resolution (the LGT585 has a 240 x 320 resolution, while my PC is currently running 1920 x 1080).

That being the case, the next step in smartphone evolution must be improved graphics capabilities – when that happens, we could simply dock our mobile device at our desk & start working from our standard monitor and keyboard. This would reduce the need to carry the laptop and tablet as the customer can simply dock the mobile device at their end to watch the product demonstration which currently requires the iPAD.

So, you’re going to start telling me that the software on the devices isn’t the same as the full versions (like word processors) – and yes, you’re right, they aren’t. You’re forgetting about the cloud – Microsoft One Drive and Google Docs provide excellent user interfaces with very strong functionality – this removes the need for the app to be installed and also removes the burden on the device storage as everything remains in the cloud.

Additionally, Amazon have launched a service called ‘workspaces’. This is where a user can log into a full Windows desktop environment through a browser. This means that the user will be able to access all their Windows-based applications, files and tools through any device that has an internet connection. Now that 4G is becoming so wide-spread it’s very rare that we don’t have a connection that could handle such a service. This would improve our productivity as we could genuinely work while on the move.

Is this concept really that alien? If it can be pulled off it will reduce the cost of work / personal tech (as we will need less devices) and it will force Amazon, Microsoft and Google to throw all of their almighty weight behind the ‘cloud service war’.

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My name is Kieran, I love to see how technology can drive business growth. I started the Netshock technology blog as a place to share my thoughts and experiences with a wider audience. I cover all sorts of topics, from marketing to development.