Are We on the Brink of a Computer (R)evolution?

Computers have been part of our lives for the better part of the last few decades. Slowly they have evolved from monsters to occupy major buildings to small, interconnected devices that we can put in our pockets or wear on our wrists. Still, the major types of computers have still remained differentiated by their typical use: we have desktop (or laptop) devices to work on, and portable devices mostly used for communication or fun. But what if we could combine the two into one small, easy to carry device? What if we could go for the total gambling experience visit and take care of our spreadsheet editing using the same, pocket sized computer?

Microsoft, and its universal apps, will soon offer us exactly that.

First of all, let’s take a look at what “universal apps” means. When Microsoft has announced Windows 10, it said that it will run on all devices running Windows 8 – and they referred not just to desktop and laptop computers, but also tablets and smartphones (and, as they later revealed, their HoloLens untethered holographic computer). Such a wide coverage of devices needs an equally wide coverage of software, of course. The solution was to invent a new app concept: one that will run on all of the above mentioned devices, and adapt to the device it runs on. What does this mean for us, everyday users?

Are We on the Brink of a Computer Revolution

It means that a single app will work both on our desktop or laptop computer and our mobile phone and tablet as well – this seems to be the basic meaning of “universal” in this case. But it doesn’t stop here. As Microsoft has showcased during its recent “Build” conference, “universal” has a whole new meaning: it means that our devices running Windows 10 can go beyond their form factor: using a Windows 10 smartphone with a docking unit can turn it into a device acting as a desktop computer – and the apps will adapt to the change.

The processing power of pocket-sized computers (smartphones, as we like to call them today) has grown a lot in the years since the iPhone was first released. Today we carry around veritable powerhouses in our pockets, with up to 8 processor cores, gigabytes of RAM and internal storage, and graphics processors that are on par with some cheaper desktop variants – and all this built in an energy efficient, small and light form. Turning these devices into a “fully fledged” computer by simply connecting them to a larger screen, a keyboard and a mouse was the next logical step – everyday tasks such as office works, entertainment and communication don’t need more power anyway.

Imagine a world where you leave work, put your phone in your pocket, go home, connect it to your monitor and pick up where you left off. Imagine not needing bulky boxes gathering dust under your desk, cables hanging out of it – but only a pocket-sized device that you can easily carry and use wherever you are. What is a computer revolution if not this?


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