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The personal computing industry is living through rather radical changes in the usage models of computers as well as technologies that power  new and forthcoming devices. What we are seeing today is a tip of the iceberg of the major new era of the personal computing. In this article we will try to guess some of the ramifications of the new era on PC hardware.

Throughout the history of the personal computer can be divided into several eras (depending on usage model) can be determined:

  • 1980 - 1995 - The transition of routines to personal computers from other types of devices;
  • 1995 - 2010 - The rise of the Internet and the shift towards computing by the masses;
  • 2010 - ... - The shift to all-day online computing.

Obviously, one can divide the evolution of the PC into more periods, but those three epochs seem to have maximum differences in terms of usage models when it comes to consumers and business strategies when it comes to companies.

In this editorial we will try to find out how the new usage models, technologies, business approaches and other factors will impact the major building blocks of personal computers. Our guesses are based on our knowledge of the industry and the mechanisms that change the trends of its development.

 
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