Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

In a new report, Gartner outlines transformative technologies that will need to be acted upon in 2013 and beyond.

1. Mobile Device Battles

Gartner predicts that by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. By 2015, media tablet shipments will reach around 50 percent of laptop shipments.

Windows 8, a new operating system, is Microsoft’s big bet and the platform's mechanics and styles should be evaluated to get a better idea of how they might perform in real-world environments as well as how users will respond.

The report notes that consumerization will mean enterprises won't be able to force users to give up their iPads or prevent the use of Windows 8 to the extent consumers adopt consumer targeted Windows 8 devices. Enterprises will need to support a greater variety of form factors reducing the ability to standardize PC and tablet hardware.



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