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Desktop computers being replaced by tablets at work

BURBANK, CA (NBCNC) - Traditional desktop PC computers are quickly replaced by tablet computers in the workplace.

Fifty million tablet computers are expected to be sold this year, with possibly double that number next year, according to some analysts.

"Phones and tablets and TVs and other devices can do so many of the functions that we used to put on the PC," Scott Stein of CNet.com said.

Desktop computers still sell at a rate of about 1 million a day, which is seven times the current pace for tablets.

Dean Bigler manages a computer repair store in Burbank, CA, and said there is still a need for desktops.

"There's still that technology that you need desktop power for. Mainly gaming and editing, that sort of high-end stuff," said Bigler.

Desktops are also the place where, both at home and at work, people create and store much of the material that gets loaded on to smaller devices.

"An iPad doesn't have a lot of storage and you can't really edit or work on things to the same flexibility that you can with a PC," said Stein.

But growing acceptance of cloud storage is likely to negate one major desktop advantage.

Some analysts predict that within five years, mobile devices will surpass desktops as our means of  connecting to the internet.

"PC makers are going to have to get a lot smarter about selling those devices to people. It's not indispensable anymore," Stein said.

Streamlined, all in one models that pour everything into the monitor are one effort to freshen up the traditional desktop.

"There's always going to be a marketplace for the desktop. Always," Bigler said.

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