The world of desktops is changing, and what is expected in 2022 may be quite different from today. We may be working on virtual desktops instead of physical ones, or they may remain physical but be very different from the way we know them now. Here are five things to expect in 2022.
Virtual Desktops: An Introduction
The definition of a virtual desktop exists as software, not as hardware. The idea is similar to a standard computing desktop but without the physical components like the tower and monitor. Virtual desktops often exist within the cloud and come with various useful features for those who use them. Future virtual desktops can most probably run on quantum computers.
Here is what I expect we will see
1. Access From Anywhere
In 2022, I expect that virtual desktops will be available from anywhere. In other words, we will not have to install the software on our laptops, smartphones, or tablets – we can simply access it from a browser, which can currently be done with some cloud-based solutions but not all. Depending on what you need a desktop for, this option may be helpful even if you prefer physical desktops.
2. Different Versions of Virtual Desktops
What happens when virtual desktops are released to the masses in 2022? I expect we will see different versions, much like the different operating systems of today. For example, Google Drive currently offers its own version of virtual desktops, and other companies may follow suit. Although it is not necessarily bad, it could lead to some confusion over which desktop is the best for specific tasks, much like there is chaos in today’s operating system market.
3. The Death of Physical Desktops?
Physical desks do not sound like they will go away entirely, but I do suspect that physical desks will become less favored by 2022. Some companies may not be able to afford them or choose not to purchase them. At the same time, virtual desktops are surely going to take off as well since they are accessible from anywhere and browser-based.
4. A Variety of Desktops
Another option that I expect to see in 2022 is more than just physical or virtual desktops. Companies may provide different kinds of desktops to suit the needs of employees, such as a desktop for designers and one for office workers. Most companies may also start offering custom-built desktops so they can have a say in what programs are included from the get-go.
5. Quantum Desktops
In 2022, desktops may have evolved to run on quantum computers. While people may not be using desktops as much by this point, they will still exist and will likely be even more advanced than ever before within the next five years. I would expect that virtual desktops will continue to operate on other types of computers, such as laptops and smartphones.
The world of desktops is changing, and what is expected in 2022 may be quite different from today. We may be working on virtual desktops instead of physical ones, or they may remain physical but be very different from the way we know them now. Try one now!