Desktop PCs remain a key productivity tool for business users

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 29 September 2015
Desktop PCs remain a key productivity tool for business users

Desktop PCs remain a key productivity tool for business users, despite the shift towards mobility and the proliferation of portable devices, says IDC.

The findings come from a recent IDC survey of 600 executives at large enterprises, and small- and medium-sized businesses in France, Germany and the UK.

According to the survey, 84% of the respondents said they would consider purchasing desktop PCs such as the pictured Lenovo S500  due to their higher performance levels, better durability, longer lifespan and lower prices.

“The survey confirmed that the average lifetime of a desktop is one year longer than that of a laptop, reducing total cost of ownership for the company,” said Maciek Gornicki, research manager at IDC EMEA Personal Computing. “As a result, lower price and better resilience definitely make desktop the best choice for companies that have limited budgets and that require solutions for non-mobile office employees. On the other hand, desktops’ higher security will benefit businesses that operate in industries such as insurance, finance, and banking, as well as government agencies.”

While desktop PCs remain the most popular form factor in offices, 43% of respondents said they would consider a small form factor device, while 35% would be willing to purchase a mini PC. Specific industries are also planning to deploy mini PCs for digital signage technology or internet kiosks.

Businesses are also eagerly looking into deploying Windows 10 to increase employee productivity, with 40% of respondents aiming to upgrade in the next 12 months. Plus, the new Windows device continuum will make it easier for employees to work or share content between different types of devices.

“The majority of companies are expected to roll out the new operating system without purchasing new hardware initially, especially as a large proportion of desktops in the commercial PC installed base should fit the requirements of Windows 10,” said Gornicki.

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