However, whilst many use their home computer to help them in their jobs or school life, others use them mainly for entertainment purposes. CD-ROMs can be installed onto most desktop computers and massively multiplayer online games can be played with people from all around the world online. Role play, action and driving games are amongst some of the most popular out there as they allow users to immerse themselves in a virtual world that is both enjoyable and intriguing.
Yet another important use of the home computer in the 21st century is as a communication device. Emails can be sent to friends, relatives and colleagues at the push of a button, which has rapidly become an interactive alternative to letter writing. There's also instant messaging services such as MSN and Skype - the latter of which is most famous for supporting video calls that allow video-conferences and chats to be held with contacts that can't make a business meeting or live too far away to visit in person, for instance.
As technology continues to evolve, so does the use and relevance of the home computer. Even the design of home computers is changing to include slimmer, faster devices with wireless Internet connectivity and other innovative features. Laptops, netbooks and other portable devices are also being developed to allow people to move their computer in and out of their homes easily.