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Top 5 Technologies We'll Still be Using in 15 Years

Top 5 Technologies We'll Still be Using in 15 Years

Company employees with executive jobs know that technology is ever-evolving. Every few years, businesses have to revamp their offerings to avoid becoming obsolete. While this may mean updating software or some features, other devices are phased out or replaced with a sleeker model.

There are, however, a number of technologies that have withstood the test of time thus far. For instance, while styles have changed, the telephone is still the primary means of communication for many, something that which has not changed in a number of decades. But, with the tech boom exploding, what can business people expect to be using in 15 years that they are already familiar with today?

It can be beneficial to guess at these things now, so that workers can invest in the devices in case their prices skyrocket in the future. It may also be a good idea to become comfortable using the technologies as soon as possible.

Smartphones

Smartphones are one of the most perfect all-in-one gadgets. Not only do they allow the user to keep in touch with others via phone calls and text messages, but people can check their email, social media platforms and other internet functions. Moreover, the advent of mobile applications has helped facilitate a number of business finance community, as well as keep the owner entertained.

The technology can really only evolve from here. According to PCWorld, citing IDC research, chances are the designs will not stray too much from the current offerings - the display most likely won't exceed 4.3 inches, as it cannot get much smaller without compromising pictures and video. However, a dual screen phone is always a possibility, the source said, while wearable devices may become a possibility in the near future.

Desktop PCs

Currently, many prefer laptops or tablets over desktops, because of portability and wireless benefits. However, Laptop Magazine suggested, though many individuals spend more time using alternative technologies, many business people often see greater success when using desktops, as they often allow easier multitasking.

The magazine did say that the size and shape of the machines will probably change in coming years, but that the strong processing power will likely remain.

Fax Machines

There are numerous people who argue that fax machines are going out of style, citing the internet and advanced communications as easier options. However, faxing is still popular, as more than 500,000 machines were sold in the past year, the NPD Group found. According to a separate PCWorld article, a number of groups, such as the finance community, lawyers and insurance companies are more comfortable using the tools to verify signatures.

Some skeptics believe faxing will become more popular using internet-based services, but the process will still be important to many businesses.

Email

There are so many different ways for individuals to stay in touch with each other these days, a process that is rapidly expanding. People can call each other on the phone, text, instant message, video conference and respond to posts on social media platforms. However, email, which has been around since the 1970s, will remain a valid form of communication for many years, Laptop Magazine predicted.

The ease of use and open system will enable email hosts to remain in business for many years, as companies often use the platform to speak to clients, manufacturers and other partners in various locations.

USB ports

Finally, despite the advent of other storage options like cloud computing, many believe USB ports are here to stay. Though the technology has been around for the past 15 years, Laptop reported, so many devices, including GPS navigation systems, smartphones, e-readers, MP3 players and many others, are charged via the ports, so this will likely not be eliminated anytime soon.

The source explained that the technology is likely to evolve in the future, offering different versions and the ability to charge or connect larger devices using the ports. 

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