(+) Update: The Future of Personal Computers for Genealogy and Everything Else

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

In the June 1, 2016 edition of this newsletter, I published a Plus Edition article (at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=40235) entitled, (+) The Future of Personal Computers for Genealogy and Everything Else. In that article, I wrote:

“When it comes to technology, nothing lasts for very long. In fact, the concept of large desktop computers has already lasted longer than most other things in technology. It may be unwise to predict the imminent death of any particular technology and probably even more unwise to predict the death of the desktop PC, but obviously changes already surround us.

“The reality today is that the Windows or Macintosh desktop computer is no longer the primary computing device for many consumers.”

More evidence of that trend has now been published by the Pew Research Center: “The percentage of Americans who own smartphones is now larger than the percentage who own computers (desktop or laptop). Since 2012, the percentage of Americans who own computers has been dropping steadily and so, the number of people who access the Internet through their computers has dropped. More people now access the Internet through their smartphones.”

The Pew study goes on with many significant statistics:

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