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Tablets Will Rule The Future Personal Computing Landscape

We'll Use Tablets As The Conductor For PCs, Devices, And Personal Cloud Services At Work And At Home

April 23, 2012

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  • By Frank Gillett
  • with Christopher Mines,
  • Ellen Daley,
  • Sarah Rotman Epps,
  • Bryan Wang,
  • Ted Schadler,
  • Michael Yamnitsky

Why Read This Report

For a new technology that is just two years old, tablets are huge hit. For CIOs the question is — will they last and what are the long-term implications? How do tablets interact with other personal computing innovations? Will they be widely adopted? This report outlines the related trends that interact with tablets and sizes the global sales and installed base of tablets through 2016. We predict a new form of PC, called frames, that will rise as a result of tablets and other technology innovations and why tablets will cannibalize laptops but not the new forms of desktop PCs. We then outline the strategic planning challenges for CIOs and predict how vendor strategies and offerings will evolve.

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Table of Contents

  • Tablets Will Reshape The Personal Computing Landscape
  • Tablets Become The Central Device In The Personal Computing Universe
  • In 2016, We'll Buy 375M Tablets Globally And Be Using 760M Tablets
  • Frames, A New Form Of PC, Will Become Ubiquitous Stationary Devices

  • Prep Your Architects And Apps Managers For The New PC Architecture

  • The PC Industry Will Look Very Different By 2017
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents