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.

http://www.computerpoweruser.com/DigitalEditions/Archive.aspx

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.