> The question is, is there a future for the desktop computer? Will it be replaced by the mobile device that plugs in to the big screen and links to bluetooth mouse and keyboard?
why would a mobile device plugged into a big screen, keyboard, speakers, etc not be treated as a traditional desktop?
Think about how laptops are used.
yes, on the go their keyboards and screens are used, but just about everyone who uses a laptop in a common location for any length of time has a full keyboard and screen that they hook up (either with many cables, or with a docking station). At that point, the 'laptop' is really no different from a small 'desktop' system. But the important point is that it's _used_ as a desktop system.
Why would shrinking the laptop down to a handheld size change how it's used when docked?
If your answer is that the software will work differently because it's a mobile device, then bzz, wrong answer. The software will need to work the same as current desktops as that's what users want to use. The device may have _other_ software that is more suited for the mobile environment, but that's not what the successful devices are going to be using when 'docked'