Is This the Future of Computing – A Virtual PC to Run on Any Device?

All the devices that are available to us are great: smartphones, tablets, smart watches, streaming devices, gaming systems, smart TVs, and smart speakers. But it’s a pain, isn’t it? To have to keep track of all your accounts and all of your data across all these devices? Sure, some of the accounts will keep track of where you left off across all your devices, but you still need to sign in to all of them.

But what if you didn’t need to worry about that? What if no matter what device you were on all of your information and accounts always had a way of finding you? Sounds great, doesn’t it?

It doesn’t need to be a pipe dream. There are already virtual PCs that exist solely in the cloud. You can access them anytime you want to use with any device you choose.

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A French startup called Blade has created these virtual computers. They’re all linked to a virtual system based in a central data center.

When you access the app and log in, it creates the processing that you need to run all your apps, whether you’re on a PC, a mobile device, a gaming system, or something else. Once you log in, it sends you right back to wherever you left off on the last device you worked on.

All you need to do this is a device – any device – a screen, and a connection to the Internet. You also, of course, need to pay a subscription fee.

This system has already been in place in France for the past year, and now it’s making a move towards the United States, and it’s aiming for the gamers, believing they’ll be eager to pay the subscription fee. To be clear, it does way more than gaming, but this is just their starting point.

The suggestion is that you won’t have the types of devices that you have today. You’ll have a variety of touch screens, such as a mobile one, a larger one for when you’re sitting at a desk, and maybe even a much larger one that is attached to your wall.

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The biggest advantage to this is while you will have to pay for the subscription, $35 or $50 a month, you won’t have to continually buy new devices, as the power is a virtual power that will be upgraded on the other end. You won’t need to worry about upgrading.

Perhaps existing tech companies are already planning on this. Recently there were rumors that Apple was going to start combining their mobile and desktop software. Quite frankly, they’ve been making moves toward that for quite a while anyway.

This means this idea may be closer to your everyday computing needs than you realize. If Apple is working on it, chances are other companies are working on it as well, especially if this system has already been in place for the past year in France.

You wouldn’t need so many different devices. You would just need a few, and they would all do the same things. There would be no need to learn multiple operating systems, just one that follows you all the time with the same apps.

It’s nearly head spinning in a way, thinking of how life-changing this would be. But again, it’s not that far away. When you think about it, isn’t it something that it seems tech companies have been leading to for a while anyway? Doesn’t it seem like we’ve been leading more and more to one central system that does it all?

What do you think about all this? Is this possibility exciting for you, or does it still seem too distant to you? Are you looking forward to someday being able to enjoy a virtual PC? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. First, subscription software. Now, subscription PCs. What won’t they think of next?! sarcasm

    Sure, it sounds very convenient. No worries about software. No worries about storage. No worries about hardware. Although you still need a printer and a scanner or other data acquisition device. The one big fly in this virtual ointment is that anything in the cloud is no longer under your control. It could also be argued that you no longer own it. The cloud provider owns it and controls it. He will be able to block you not only from your data but also from your PC.

    Virtual PCs may be great for those that do not need input and/or output devices, and those that do not care about the ownership of their data.

    • Like it or not, though, that’s where we’re headed. You may not have much of a choice. There are already people who work both at home and in the office who use virtual PCs. And the next group they’re going after are the gamers, knowing they’ll want to continue a game on a different machine/device. And companies are already working to make apps that work on both desktop and mobile devices. You may not like it, but that’s where technology looks to be headed.

      • Again you choose to misunderstand my point. I understand quite clearly where technology is headed. All I’m saying is that Virtual PCs are not all peaches and cream like you attempt to portray them. I am just mentioning the possible pitfalls that you did not.

        Microsoft, et al did not come out with subscription software because it is convenient for users. They came out with it because it guarantees them a steady revenue stream. Convenience is just a lucky byproduct. Not everybody is thrilled with Win 10 forced updates.

        If you wish to jump off the cliff with the rest of the lemmings, be my guest. Just because a technology is available, does not mean that it must be used. All technology, no matter how wonderful sounding, has its negative aspects which should be considered, not swept under the rug.

        • There is a solution… jump OFF the Windows wagon. Multiple versions of Linux are available which will do 95%+ of what most people do.

          Yes, I’m on Windows 10. Won’t ever touch any subscription model though. Have Office 2010, no way I’m going to pay $x every year to use the latest and (cough, cough) greatest office. I have what I need. It does all that I want. End. Of. Story.

          Linux too hard? Then why are people who have never used a computer before (yes there are plenty of those) and ask someone to help who then get a pc with a version of Linux on it happily doing what they want in a matter of a few hours. Try that with Windows. Just. Doesn’t Happen.

          Not enough software? Oh puhleeeez! Plenty of software… and if someone wants a Windows type experience then they should install Linux Lite.

          Do I use it? No I don’t, but I have used it to see how it works. Will I switch? Probably with the next box I get.

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