Computers are poor tools for what people need, but for a time, they were the only tools we had.
Desktop computers are beyond inconvenient. You can’t take them with you easily, they tie you not just to a specific building but a specific room in that building just to be able to use them.
What the desktop PC did for us, however, was give people the means to access the internet. In the days when internet use was growing rapidly, more and more people were finding a need to be able to interact with the internet. To do that, you needed a desktop PC.
People, however, didn’t need a desktop PC. They just needed a way to interact with the internet.
With the introduction of smartphones and tablets, we now have alternative devices for accessing all of the wonderful internet things we know and love. The people who never needed a PC for anything but internet access, now they don’t need desktop PCs anymore.
There are, however, a host of tasks that desktop PCs have always been good at and are still very good at. 3D modeling and large amounts of VFX work are done on desktop PCs (and laptops more recently). Video editing, software development, heaps and gobs of records management. All sorts of things we used desktop PCs for before widespread internet use and that we continue to use desktop PCs for.
I don’t see desktops and laptops becoming defunct any time soon. But for some things that we once could only do from a desktop or laptop, we now have alternatives that integrate better with people’s lives.
Source: Are Desktop PCs And Laptops Becoming Obsolete?
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