ARM boss forecasts mass migration to netbooks

Will netbooks replace laptops and desktops? The boss of ARM, the UK company that dominates the design of chips for mobile devices, reckons netbooks will shoot from 10% to 90% of the PC market in a few years.

Even if he means 90% of the mobile computer market, I don’t think so… At Conosco IT Support London we saw laptop sales outstrip desktops in summer 2008 – we now sell 50% more laptops than desktops – but netbook keyboards and screens are too small for serious use.

I’m watching Apple’s bet on the iPad with more interest – Apple thinks there is room for small computers, but ones that live alongside larger ones and don’t try to do everything.