Is the PC really dead?

Published on: Author: Mike Hall 2 Comments

I was listening to a local radio show a couple of days ago where there was a discussion about the use of smart phones and tablets/iPads.

Some didn’t know that email sources can be turned OFF, say from a work account such that they did not become a menace during free time. When asked how useful the smartphones and iPads were, all answered that they couldn’t do without them, BUT.. when it came to serious work, a real PC was needed.

How does this fall in line with current thinking about PC’s? I would say that it is at variance with the way that the industry as a whole is pointing us.

Have you ever seen this online magazine? You may have picked it up as a freebie from your local computer store.

It’s prime target appears to be gamers or anybody who wants a high powered desktop machine. Take a look through it and then tell me that the PC is dead or dying.

A PC lasts for maybe five years before it starts to develop problems, and other than the XP era, there has been a call to change every three years if you want the latest OS.

So who would expect desktops and laptops to maintain high sales every year? Well, some do and it is entirely unrealistic. The last big push would have been for Windows 7 which was late 2009, so realistically, the next big push will be late 2014.

In the meantime, smart phones and tablets/iPads have been selling like hotcakes, but is that surprising? Not really, because they are ‘must have’ for business contacting and show pieces for the rest. Have you noticed how many kids come out of schools and instantly pull out a smart phone? I am talking about fourteen to sixteen years olds, primarily girls too. Go to any mall at the weekends and you will notice that virtually all teens have a phone.

I have seen people out and about with tablets and iPads but the biggest users seem to be kids whose parents have bought them to shut the kids up while travelling in cars.

When in my local TigerDirect, I see more people looking at desktops and laptops than ever I see looking at tablets. Could it be that the average person is left cold by the interface and just walks away? It will be interesting to take a tour of TD after October 26th. Will they walk away from Windows 8?

It is a pity that Microsoft’s ‘house party’ concept idea was trashed by the pre-service pack Vista, because if any OS needed a house party, Windows 8 would be the one.

2 Responses to Is the PC really dead? Comments (RSS) Comments (RSS)

  1. Why would anyone want a tablet? It is mostly a joke. It doesn’t have a serious operating system running it. It doesn’t have serious software and I’m not meaning toy widgets to consume content from social networks.

    A desktop/laptop is a tool to create things (call it work, if you like).
    A tablet is not even a tool but a toy to conveniently consume content (fun) from random places where you wouldn’t be creating anything (work).

    I do have a smartphone (Android) but I find it useless. I can’t do anything of value on such a tiny screen with that small resolution. So I’m just using it to type in phone numbers and make calls. It’s its ultimate goal and it can’t really do more.

  2. I think the desktops are dead – but not the PC in general. The last time I bought a desktop was back 2000 (12 years ago), it was a Gateway as I recall. Now I only buy laptops.

    I am a technical person, and I use the laptop mainly to program and to read emails, do backups, etc… Mainly for work. For everything else, I use my smartphone.

    Tablets are a bit intimidating to non-technical users, although they are much easier and intuitive to use once you get used to them.

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