Just what is the Post PC World anyway?
The desktop PC's physical form factor has evolved from the typewriter and copy stand. Where the task involves typing lots of text, it's probably hard to beat. Other tasks may not fit so well and the 'Post PC world' gives us devices better suited to those tasks. For example, where the work is visual, a tablet is great for painting drawing, and it's not hard to foresee a desktop work-surface equivalent to a draughtsman's table. With other tasks that use PC technology, the PC has already become invisible, with users interacting with dedicated control surfaces. What's not so obvious right now is what will happen to the cubicle farms where a major proportion of workers spend their day. Right now, they are physically structured around the form factor of the desktop PC, to the detriment of human interaction and collaboration. I suspect this is where the impact of Post PC devices will be most needed and most felt. The good old 'office of the future' – again…
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