The computing landscape of today is divided into two main sectors: mobile and classical PC computing.
Mobile is defined by any mobile device running Android, iOS and Windows. And let’s be honest, the latter is not part of the game anymore, if it was ever.
Classical PC computing in my definition is every desktop like OS, such as Windows, macOS and Chrome OS. Same story here, Chrome OS not playing a big role in the game.
The borders between those two sectors are blurring with Android apps scaling to windows and Chrome OS integrating those Android apps. Or Windows 10 Mobile devices scaling to a desktop like interface on external displays via continuum. Apple is driving a slightly different approach with their continuity feature and connecting data between mobile devices and PC.
Which way is the right way? Is there a right way? One OS for every device or even one device for every kind of work?
When we look deeper there is something a lot more interesting and future hinting then the OS itself. After the rise of the personal computer in the 70s and the marketing use of the PC branding in the 80s, do we really use a personal computer? Almost all of us use one right now and we most probably own it with us as the only user, but does it make the device a true “personal” computer?
What is it that makes a computer truly personal? Character, something that connects my personal identity to something in my computer.
The children of Siri, Cortana and Google Now are the ones who own the future of computing. At some point in the near future the AI systems of those assistants will form the true “personal” computer.
The device itself i not important anymore, even the OS on its own is not. The assistant is. If the assistant can be on any device and on any OS, those devices are just input methods.
But how do we get there? In the next two years working on my Masters Degree in Interaction Design, I want to find out. Join me on this journey…