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Personal computers still the device of choice, for now

The traditional PC is still the device of choice for many business users, according to a recent study by Spiceworks, a professional network for IT.

The report, "The Future of the PC," showed that while business investments in smartphones and tablets are growing in some cases, the vast majority of employees still use laptops and desktops as their primary work device, and organizations aren’t planning to shift investments away from traditional PCs in the foreseeable future.

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Spiceworks surveyed 998 IT professionals across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in July 2017, and found that an average of 60 percent of employees currently use desktops as their primary work device.

Laptops are used by 27 percent of employees as their primary device, followed by thin clients (5 percent), tablets (3 percent), smartphones (2 percent), and 2-in-1s (2 percent).

In terms of future business investments, the results show that while desktop investments are expected to be relatively flat in the next 12 months, 43 percent of businesses expect to increase their laptop investments. Mobile devices, such as tablets (25 percent), smartphones (16 percent), and 2-in-1s (18 percent) 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 anytime 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.”

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