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With the buying of Nokia by Microsoft there have been a few comments bandied about regarding the fate of the desktop PC. Naturally, we don't always agree with such comments and rumours, but it makes for interesting reading nonetheless.

In recent years, Microsoft has made it appear that it no longer has any love for the humble desktop PC. Windows 8 was the nail in coffin, with its UI catering more for tablet and all-in-one machines, as opposed to the traditional desktop. However, the recent purchase of Nokia has led to another comment, this time from Stephen Elop, the former CEO of Nokia and now executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group.

"The vast majority of people do not have, nor will they ever have a personal computer," he said during a press conference. "They haven't been exposed to Windows or Office or anything like that and in their lives it's unlikely that they will." Of course, it's all about connectivity and the services surrounding that connectivity, and this is where Microsoft is now concentrating its vision, finances and effort.

The mobile market is something that Microsoft have wanted to be a big part of for a number of years. It's the new area of technology and communications that's worth billions in revenue far more than what the home desktop market can offer at present.

Satya Nadella, the new CEO of Microsoft, also mentioned the PC market in his session with the Earnings Conference a couple of weeks ago. He continually referred to the PC in a past tense and added, "Fundamentally, we participated in the PC market. Now we are in a market that's much bigger than the PC market."

What of Linux?
Interestingly, if Microsoft is slowly scaling down its involvement in the desktop market, then there's a golden opportunity for someone to step up and take the weight of the users who will still require a desktop and who refuse to allow it to curl up and die.

Obviously, it won't happen tomorrow, nor will Microsoft leave the desktop in the next five years, but within the next ten years we could see Microsoft leave the desktop PC market and make room for the open-source community to take over. Of course, now all we have to do is make sure that Linux stays firmly on the desktop and doesn't try to enter the mobile market.

What? It already has? Oh dear... Seriously, though, we reckon there's a heck of a lot of people out there who still rely on and generally always will rely on a proper desktop computer to do their work or play on. A tablet or powerhouse phone is okay and good for certain things, but in terms of sheer usability and power, you can't beat a PC.

Let's assume a future without a Microsoft's presence on the desktop. Will the desktop PC still be available to buy? Will Linux be able to step up and take over? And if there's no desktop PC to speak of, what on earth will we be forced into using? The mind boggles.