Are Tablets Becoming The New Office PC?

With flexibility and mobility becoming key trends in the workplace of the future, a new report suggests that rather than laptops replacing traditional office PCs, we could actually see the new work tool of choice jumping straight to tablets.

As gaebler.com recently reported, the latest research conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC) found that tablets are beginning to surpass laptops and PCs in some workplaces. But, the article questions, are they capable of performing all the tasks required by a modern office?

According to the study, throughout some countries in Europe - including the UK, France and Germany - tablets have become the standalone business device for 40% of users; and while most still use another device for business purposes, the proportion relying solely on their tablets is rising.

Of course, the ability to use only a tablet for work depends on the person's work responsibilities and what tasks need to be carried out. Employees who work on the field or in customer-facing roles may only need a tablet, while editing work ideally needs to be conducted on a laptop or PC.

However, to resolve this changing work pattern a new solution could be emerging to fill the gap: hybrid devices. Hybrid tablets - those that can be used as a tablet or connected to a keyboard - mean that workers can stay constantly connected and equipped to perform tasks as well as with a laptop.

It's likely that as workers demand even more convenience, mobility and flexibility, tech companies and device manufacturers will come up with innovative new ways to help tablets meet the needs of both office workers and those who are on the go. We can also expect to see more companies ditching the PCs in favour of portable devices.