Laptops – The History and Future of Mobile Computing – Computer-Technology

With advances in communication and computer technology, laptop computers are evolving rapidly. In the beginning, the laptop did not seem so portable. The early ones were hardly what they are today. With the idea of getting more work done, the laptop was developed. It has evolved into a vital tool that is being used for business and social computing by billions around the world.The first portable computer that jumped into the technology scene was built for the busy executive. It was portable, sort of, and the dedicated business professional could bring work home with ease. It was about the size of a portable type writer. Remember the typewriter? This new business tool was also quite heavy, by today’s standards. The earliest “laptop” computers weighed in around 12 pounds, and were quite bulky and costly. The average price tag back in 1983 was around $4,000.00. Only the most successful business person could even afford to own one.The ’80′s and 90′s introduced several different models of portable, laptop, and notebook computers. Radio Shack and Apple came on the scene with their versions of a portable computer. With the mid ’90′s came one of the first Personal Digital Assistant or PDA for short. To the busy executive, the PDA was a great tool for many businesses. The PDA has continued to evolve and combine with smaller, more portable, computing. Throughout the history of the portable, laptop computer, they have gotten smaller and more powerful.As size has changed, so have the capabilities of the laptop computer. Today, the average laptop, portable computer is truly the size of a college note book. These portable devices can now have full computer function. Today’s laptop can establish a connection to the internet, the intra business network, and even allow the owner to work from the comfort of home, rather than commute to an office or business.The nature of the electronics industry is for things to start large, get smaller and more compact over time. Desktop computers are still faster and more reliable than the smaller laptop, and laptops defiantly have more capabilities than the emerging mobile, hand held devices.As new technology emerges, mobile computing is the next logical step. More and more mobile devices can now do anything a desktop or a laptop computer can do. Wireless properties allow mobile devices to print, save, and send projects. They are also keeping the world connected. With the introduction of these hand held devices, social networking is taking a top priority to the owners of these mobile, smart phones.The portable computer has changed computing drastically over the last few decades. From big, bulky machines that could not do much more than word processing to tiny hand held devices that are taking over. Expect, that in the very near future, portable computers will fit into any lifestyle or pocket.