Forecast: Mobile will eclipse PCs as default Web gateway by 2015

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More U.S. consumers will access the Internet via mobile devices than PCs by 2015, according to a new forecast issued by research firm IDC. The number of Americans accessing the Web using PCs will shrink from 240 million in 2012 to 225 million in 2016, with the number of mobile Web users increasing from 174 million to 265 million during the same period, IDC reports, adding that Western Europe and Japan are only about two years behind the desktop-to-mobile transition. "The Great PC Exodus on the Internet is happening because the PC was never truly a consumer product," said Karsten Weide, program vice president, Media & Entertainment at IDC. "Many consumers use them because there was no better alternative. Now, with the huge and growing installed base of more user-friendly tablets and smartphones, there are." Release

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