Compaq predicts demise of desktop PC

Compaq, the world's largest PC manufacturer, believes that one third of desktop computers will not be PCs within a couple of...

Compaq, the world's largest PC manufacturer, believes that one third of desktop computers will not be PCs within a couple of years, writes Lindsay Clark.

Thin clients, Windows terminals and Internet access devices will become the next wave of desktop devices as companies take advantage of the Internet and try to simplify their client assets, according to Werner Koepf, vice president and general manager at Compaq.

"Demand for the local client will be coming down," he says. "We see this being about 30% of the desktop market. It will not kill the general-purpose client, but most of our growth will come from Internet access and handheld products."

Michael Capellas, Compaq CEO, says, "There will be an explosion in devices, all attached to the Web. We are going to simplify the PC radically." Capellas promises that future desktop computers will be easier to manage than today's machines.

Compaq also anticipates businesses using a range of mobile computing devices, including handheld computers, palm-sized devices and mobile phones, to access business data via the Internet. The company did not reveal any new products but says it will accelerate innovation in this area.

Compaq's handheld devices use Microsoft's Windows CE, but future products will not be limited to this platform, says Koepf.

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