Gartner: Personal cloud to become center of digital life by 2014

In the past several years, we have heard endless experts say that the PC era is either dead or dying or that we are now living in a "post-PC world". Now a new report from the research firm Gartner predicts that the PC will no longer be the center of a user's digital life in the time span of just two short years.

Gartner's report, "The New PC Era: The Personal Cloud", predicts that by the year 2014, personal online cloud services will take over from the personal computer as consumers download and use services on cloud-based systems on a variety of products, including smartphones and tablets.

Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner, states:

In this new world, the specifics of devices will become less important for the organization to worry about. Users will use a collection of devices, with the PC remaining one of many options, but no one device will be the primary hub. Rather, the personal cloud will take on that role. Access to the cloud and the content stored or shared in the cloud will be managed and secured, rather than solely focusing on the device itself.

Gartner says that a number of factors will cause its prediction to come true. That includes the rise of the virtualization of applications, the use of self-service cloud systems, and people being able to use their applications and content on the go from a variety of hardware devices.

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