There's no question that workforces are going mobile and in many cases are or will be able to work from "anywhere". IDC recently predicted that 1 billion of the worldwide workforce including 75% of the US workforce will be mobile by the end of 2011. If I look back at my usage history, I can completely relate to this prediction.
Thinking back in my career, the first laptop I received for work was in 2004. Before that, I would come in to work, log in to a desktop and work all day, and then leave the office when I could (which typically meant later than I would have preferred!) When the day finally arrived to get my Dell laptop, albeit a hand-me-down, I was giddy with excitement! Finally I was going to be able to have the flexibility to skip the commute or to actually accommodate the cable company's 6-hour service window.
Soon I started traveling and lugged around the (what felt like) 10lb laptop through taxis, planes, and trains, showing up at my destinations with so many kinks in my neck that I was more ready for a spa day than for serious working sessions.
As time progressed, my laptops have become smaller and faster, however I am still looking forward to the day when (if) netbooks are issued by work as a convenient travel tool. That way I could leave my laptop at home yet still get my email and basic editing/document creation completed on a speedy and light-weight system. I would probably mainly use the productivity tools, although I won't know until I have one (hint hint, wink wink to my boss.)
If you're part of this "anywhere" workforce already and are using a netbook I have a couple questions for you.
- Firstly, what are the main applications you're using for work on your netbook?
- Secondly, what percentage of your time on your netbook is spent on work vs. play?
- Finally, if your boss approved for you to get a netbook feel free to have him/her talk to mine :)