Say Goodbye to Windows Desktop Software

by Pedro Hernandez

Gartner predicts that traditional Windows desktop software won’t exist by 2020. See what's driving this tech mainstay to the brink of extinction and how it will affect your business.

Even if you don’t own a smartphone or a tablet; even if you have no plans to incorporate mobile devices into your business (not that we recommend that, we don't) – our point is that if you use Windows desktop software, mobile devices will affect your business. According to prognostications by Gartner Research, Windows desktop software is headed the way of the dodo, and mobile devices are the reason why. Check out the full story on our sister-site, Datamation.

Traditional, WinNT-based Windows software will be a rare sight by 2020, according to Gartner analysts. And this year's release of Windows RT, along with a market that increasingly favors mobile computing, are to blame.

Windows RT is an ARM-compatible version of Windows 8 developed with tablets -- and businesses -- in mind. Tablets sporting the operating system will ship with "Office 15," a touch-optimized version of Microsoft's business productivity suite.

Read the complete article: Gartner: Traditional Windows Desktop Software Facing Extinction

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This article was originally published on Monday Jul 2nd 2012
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