Tech Ideas Whose Time Has Come ... and Gone

A new list has BlackBerrys, mobile apps and traditional desktops fading into obscurity in 2013.

by / December 18, 2012 technology writer John Brandon offers a list of seven technologies that may exit the scene entirely in 2013.

Legacy Applications
It seems everyone's virtualizing these days. Cloud experts predict the Software as a Service model will take hold in the world of legacy applications, just like it has with data and servers. "While you might still depend on legacy apps, you won't run them the same way or manage them in your own data centers," Brandon asserts.

Mobile Applications
As mobile phones get smarter, customized information on the home screen will eclipse the need for a local weather app or an app from your local news station. You'll access the same information, without needing to manage any apps.

Traditional Desktops
There's little dissent among experts predicting the demise of the time-honored desktop. Virtual desktops pulling information from the cloud benefit from a more consistent user experience across devices.

BlackBerry Smartphones cites operating system upgrade delays, high-level staff turnover and a weak showing from the company's venture into tablet computing as minor compared to the platform's inability to span consumer's personal and professional identities. In summary, "... having a dedicated business phone that won't play Angry Birds doesn't make sense anymore."

Windows Phones
This list declares Android and iPhone the winners in the consumer smartphone market. While acknowledging the Windows phone's successful integration with Windows 8 and Surface tablets, the most generous analysts only give Microsoft's smartphone 13 percent market share by 2017.

Private Branch Exchange (PBX) Systems
Another traditional office technology waning in popularity is the desk phone system linked to a corporate data center, Brandon claims. High operating and maintenance costs, coupled with employees' preference for their own phones, are contributing to this trend.

Fax Machines
When's the last time you used a fax machine? The widespread adoption of digital signature technologies represent the nail in the coffin on these soon-to-be collector's items.

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