Time may be running out for the desktop PC, as a new wave of young workers look set to condemn the 40-year-old tech to the disposal experts when they enter the workplace, according to new research.

Almost half (45%) of teenagers think desktop PCs aren’t needed for modern work, according to the study from Fuze, which explored the disconnection between current workplace technology and the demands of young people who have never known a world without smartphones and the internet, known as the App Generation.

The project, which explored the views of 2,500 young people aged 15 to 18 years and 5,000 workers, also found that 58% of teenagers see the desk phone as unnecessary, while 61% see smartphones as a business essential.

The findings are in stark contrast to the reality of today’s business environments, with 75% of today’s workers still using a desktop computer and more than 60% seeing the desktop as “essential” to their day-to-day work.

The study has been brought to life in a new App Generation project, which saw 15 year olds battle with emails, fax machines, antiquated phone systems and confusing office jargon in live office locations.

Working in collaboration with two UK schools and the Central Berkshire Education Business Partnership, Fuze took young people into leading businesses to gage their views and to hear their opinions on current workplace tech.

Kris Wood, vice president Europe, Fuze, said: “The App Generation initiative brought to life the challenges that IT teams and businesses now face as a new wave of young employees enters the workplace.

“Our project showed there’s a significant discrepancy between the expectations of today’s young people and the IT being delivered within most office environments. A significant 85% of UK teens expect to use the very latest technologies at work, and yet nearly a third of businesses still use fax machines.

He added: “As this new generation enters the workforce, businesses will need to completely rethink their IT approach, from the devices in use, to the software and applications they provide.”