Before the advent of the home PC there was not one computer for each person, but different groups of people shared a central processing unit that they worked with together. The I/O device used to be a terminal like the one you see below these images.
Windows 365 and terminals, is it the way of the future?
At first glance it may look like a PC, but nothing could be further from the truth. Since these units could not run programs by themselves as they did not have a CPU, so they had to connect to a central computer. Because of this, the few companies that had a computer had to share access time to it, moreover, the first PCs were created through creating an interface of the first low-cost processors with the hardware used in the terminals.
Cloud computing could bring back the era of terminals.
There are many applications that we do on a daily basis that are no longer done on our local computer, think about it. What place do you do serve to check email? Most of you do it on gmail which is a web application that runs in the cloud and therefore you are accessing it as if your PC was a terminal. Do you have a blog on WordPress? Your PC also acts as a terminal.
There are endless cases where applications are executed remotely today and the user’s computer is nothing more than a simple terminal. The difference with those of the late 60s and early 70s of the twentieth century is that this time we have internet and connectivity everywhere and with the emergence of hardware for low power PostPC devices it is possible that any user with an internet connection can work with an extremely cheap hardware as if it were a PC. If we add Cloud Gaming to this then the combination of the two can be a huge threat to the PC.
There is a term called breakthrough innovation, based on the idea of a very low spec product that doesn’t satisfy anyone but makes a task more accessible in use and/or economically than before. A PC with lower-mid-range smartphone hardware, a good connection and Windows 365 can do the job of a more powerful PC and replace it in use for many users. We can even see tablets completely replacing high-end laptops and in some cases even gaming systems.