The Last of the Office Landlines
A recent survey has found that the office landline is expected to become a thing of the past ΓÇô within the next 5 years.
By 2018, 65% of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the UK expect landline phones to have become fully redundant and replaced by smartphones for internal and external office communication throughout the day.
But the landline isn’t the only thing on the endangered item list.
In the Virgin Media Business survey, a further 62% of CIOs interviewed believe that the desktop PC is well on its way to becoming an extinct feature of the office as the more convenient laptop takes its place.
Interestingly, however, nearly a quarter of all CIOs believe that tablets like the iPad wonΓÇÖt be around for long as fashion more than practicality is drawing users to the new technology.
What The Experts Think
ΓÇ£The pace of change with technology is having a transformative effect on the way we work,ΓÇ¥ says Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Media Business, Tony Grace.
ΓÇ£A decade ago it would have been unthinkable to suggest an office without telephones. Now itΓÇÖs hard to imagine being separated from our smartphones.ΓÇ¥
One man employed to think about these things for a living, Futurologist Peter Cochrane, agrees with the results of the survey and spoke to The Telegraph about how he is not surprised by these findings:
ΓÇ£The public switch telephone network will be closed down; itΓÇÖs about as relevant as Morse code. Optical fibre will replace landlines and most devices will connect using wireless.
ΓÇ£The PC is a dying species. You have got to look forward to all personal computers disappearing… If it doesnΓÇÖt happen in the UK we will not be competing with the leading industries of the world, we will have become a second world nation; unable to communicate and unable to compete.ΓÇ¥
Are We Ready for a Mobile World?
Are we ready for a world without landline phones and desktop PCs?
While laptops and smartphones are undoubtedly becoming the norm as the 21st century progresses, a full switch could pose a threat to those holding out against the infiltration of work into everyday life.
Already 42% of people use their personal mobile devices to work an average of 40 extra minutes after returning home every night.
Will a tiny dinghy floating offshore in a remote corner of the world soon be the only way to escape the stresses of the office?
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