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PC Software Era Turns Into App Era

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App-enabled devices will outship the traditional PC within 18 months, according to a report published by IDC. According to the market research firm, tablets and smartphones will hit 284 million annual units this year, 377 million next year and 462 million in 2012.

At the same time, PC units are growing as well, albeit at a much slower pace. 356 million PCs this year, 377 million next year and 448 million in 2012. IDC said that this trend does not mean that the PC is dying. It is a scenario in which the PC market is expanding. Of course, that is a matter of subtle market developments that are difficult to forecast at this point (probably as difficult as predicting PC sales in 2012), but if IDC is right and we are not surprised by another economic slowdown, then it would be time to talk about the future of software.

If we are heading toward app-enabled devices, it is a shift from the traditional software model that limits us to traditionally one installation one just one device. Apps have the potential to drive a software (or services) model that makes software available on all of your devices through a platform in Apple's case or a browser in Google's (and potentially Mozilla's) model. Microsoft is, by the way, also playing a role and has just launched a new TV campaign to remind us that there are Microsoft cloud applications.

Source: Computer World

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    toastninja17 , December 7, 2010 11:02 PM
    An app will never beat a full blown software program. Or games that consist of gigabytes of data.
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    toastninja17 , December 7, 2010 11:03 PM
    I believe it's more of an app "phase"
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    LATTEH , December 7, 2010 10:52 PM
    i doubt it
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    LATTEH , December 7, 2010 10:52 PM
    i doubt it
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    toastninja17 , December 7, 2010 11:02 PM
    An app will never beat a full blown software program. Or games that consist of gigabytes of data.
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    toastninja17 , December 7, 2010 11:03 PM
    I believe it's more of an app "phase"
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    zachary k , December 7, 2010 11:51 PM
    smartphones/tablets(or whatever the flavor of the month is) will never replace desktops.
    apps will never replace programs.
    i will put money on NOTHING happening in 18 months.
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    joex444 , December 7, 2010 11:58 PM
    Even if this is true, they are referring to the marginal rate. PC sales are growing but slower than smartphones because the ownership of PCs is much higher. The relevant quantity is the user base, and PCs will have that edge for longer than 18 months (as implied by this article).
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    Darkv1 , December 7, 2010 11:58 PM
    Personally I don't think apps will ever truly replace full programs...at least for the sake of my sanity I hope not.
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    tsnorquist , December 7, 2010 11:59 PM
    What actually constitutes an "App"? Where is the separation line between an "App" and a full fledged program?

    I think that needs to determined before anyone can claim otherwise.
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    dark_knight33 , December 8, 2010 12:12 AM
    Why? Because certain phones/tablets are "magical & revolutionary" devices? The reality distortion field must be on overdrive today...

    http://news.techworld.com/operating-systems/9119/pc-numbers-set-to-hit-1-billion/

    Lets see, 1 billion PCs by 2012, 2 billion by 2015. Yeah, I can totally see $0.99 apps replacing a free browser that has nearly the same functionality. /sarcasm

    Most apps are nothing more than ported flash/java applications anyway. Don't kid yourself, if consoles haven't killed the PC (and they haven't), neither will apps.

    What you might see instead off "apps" taking over are phones making an even stronger move towards PC like functionality. Eventually, I *can* totally see a PC as portable as a phone, with a docking station at home. The you won't be buying "apps" (i.e fad of the week), you'll be buying software for your phone.
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    JustinHD81 , December 8, 2010 12:17 AM
    @tsnorquist I agree with that, I think what we're really getting at is the fact that consumers are becoming more interested in getting their software from a walled garden, ie, the "app" store, this is increasingly occurring with PC software if you look at services like Steam, this could just be the next evolution of software sales, and companies like EB games, or other software sales might need to invest into their own "app" stores if they want to stay in the marketplace, this will of course depend on whether content producers beat them to the punch which is also a new trend, think iStore, Live Marketplace, also Sony and Nintendo have their own online stores for their platforms. This however could be a pain for competition and pricing because then we have only one distributor who determines pricing rather than competing retail companies which can reduce prices.
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    TheRockMonsi , December 8, 2010 12:22 AM
    Let me put it to you this way: To hell with this app crap!!!!
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    whooleo , December 8, 2010 12:36 AM
    Sounds like you guys pulled this article out of your asses...
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    randomizer , December 8, 2010 12:36 AM
    The "app era" is really the Software as a Service (SaaS) era. Traditionally you controlled your own data and it was used locally or within a local network, whereas now it's controlled by a corporate entity and conveniently available everywhere.
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    subgum , December 8, 2010 12:41 AM
    Uhhhhh... "app" is short for "application" which is an implementation of "software" so this whole article just seems silly. Renaming "software" to "app" and having it work on small devices doesn't really change anything about the era.
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    applegetsmelaid , December 8, 2010 1:00 AM
    Apps are a supplement to full blown PC software, not replacements. Remember, they are selling 462 Million App enabled devices AND 448 Million PCs. App enabled devices are cheaper and OFTEN FREE with certain contractual agreements, so this makes sense.
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    Vestin , December 8, 2010 1:06 AM
    "(...) PC units are growing as well, albeit at a much slower pace. 356 million PCs this year, 377 million next year and 448 million in 2012."
    How did they come up with those numbers ? Based on the sales of assembled systems bought from vendors ?
    That's like saying that people've decided to quit eating, based on a drop in restaurant profits...
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    dEAne , December 8, 2010 1:19 AM
    I noticed most are talking and using mostly smartphones.
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    tuch92 , December 8, 2010 1:49 AM
    I think if the reason people like the app stores so much is because all of their programs can be in one central location to search through. Many windows users aren't used to this. After using Ubuntu and other linux distributions with their repositories, the glamor fades a bit.
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    neosoul , December 8, 2010 2:31 AM
    Some of you guys are missing the point. The article is not stating an app is better than a full blown application. In this case, I believe the term 'app' refers to these light weight games / applications made famous by Apple and available across all platforms.

    This is signifying a time where apps are insanely popular by piquing interest from the masses. Which, of all Apple's faults, I credit there ingenuity in this. While the app concept has been around in the PC world (how many of us has downloaded a tiny tool to make using the PC easier?), it is combining it with the single click transaction that is golden.

    The iPhone is crap without iTunes and the App store. These two venues allow for a new trend of purchasing - the micro transaction. Same concept at a candy store - except instead of nickles, people comfortably plop away 20 bucks a month, one dollar at a time.
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    winner4455 , December 8, 2010 2:33 AM
    Once these devices can handle full fledged software it'll be back to the software era.
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    nebun , December 8, 2010 2:47 AM
    software, malware, spyware, apps...they are all the same
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