We used to use CD/DVD drives to install software too. I rarely do that anymore. That’s not just because we download almost all our software today. It’s also because stand-alone PC software is on its way out. Accounting, office suites, customer-relationship management — you name it, we do it on the cloud now.
Thus, it’s no surprise that PCs continue on their way out the door. PC sales continue to decline. IDC has announced that 2015 PC shipments declined by 10.3% year-over-year from 2014. They still sell in the hundreds of million, so they aren’t going to be disappearing from our offices soon, but by 2020 it will be a different story.
I grew up with much of this technology. I will still be using a lot of it in 2020, but I doubt the rest of you will have PCs, DVD players and stand-alone software programs. The writing is on the wall for many of these technologies, and that writing is an obituary.
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