Personal computers at home and in the office will soon be displaced by the tablet as the primary computing device, according to a new report from Forrester Research.
Tablet sales are expected to grow sharply from 56 million in 2011 to 375 million in 2016, according to the report. Given that most users keep their tablets for three years, there will probably be 760 million tablets in use globally by 2016, said Frank Gillette, principal analyst on Forrester's business technology futures team.
As a result, the tablet will replace the PC as the user's digital hub, connecting devices such as smartphones, desktop computers and content stored in personal cloud services — remote servers that can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Eventually these burgeoning cloud services such as Dropbox, SugarSync and Box will dictate what compatible devices consumers will use, according to the report.