Dying Desktop: One In Six People Presently Mobile-Only

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 11:40 AM

News of the increasing preference for mobile over desktop comes as a sales slump hits Microsoft profits.

Dying Desktop: One In Six People Presently Mobile-Only

One in six adults in the UK presently only utilize smartphones or tablets to go online - up ten percent from last year.

Rising numbers of people are presently replacing their PCs and laptops with mobile devices, rather than just supplementing them.

It comes as Microsoft'south quarterly profit missed analysts' estimates amid a continued slump in PC sales.

The firm'south net income fell to £2.6bn in the third quarter from £3.48bn a year earlier, pushing shares down more than four%.

The OFCOM study also found that more than half of adults who utilize look for engines didn't realise that the top items on many results pages are adverts or sponsored links.

The report  said this indicated "there is a necessity for people to be more alert or savvy about the content the are accessing online".

People are starting to settle into fixed routines online too - with figures showing a significant expand in the no of people who declare they only utilize websites or apps they've used before.

The trend is seen more in those aged over twenty-five, and OFCOM says it "points to a narrowing utilize of the internet".

Their survey also found that seventy percent of adults utilize a smartphone, mainly using it for social media - but also the device of choice for most online activities.

As a result, the mobile phone is presently the media device that people declare they'd most miss - overtaking the television set after decades of dominance.

That's partly due to the usefulness of modern smartphones - a quarter of users have used their devices as a boarding pass or ticket, while  a fifth has used to to hail an on-demand taxi.

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