PC Market in Free Fall?
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  • Andrew Allison

    I think perhaps the software engineers invented the (PC-)killer app (browsers) some time ago, and yesterday’s PC are more than up to the task. Ditto for email and basic document app.

    The real problem faced by the Personal computer is that most of those needs can now be met with smartphones and tablets; and the problem faced by the PC duopoly is those products use neither Windows nor, for the most part, x86 processors.

  • cubanbob

    I’m typing this with a seven year old Macbook. it’s getting a little slow mainly due to constant upgrades to software that should have been better written to begin with. My office desktop is also a seven year old IMac running Windows XP it still works fine. Again the slowness isn’t due to the processor or memory but simply bloatware. And Windows 8 isn’t exactly marvelous either according to reports. Interesting enough neither Apple or Microsoft seem to be doing to well on Wall Street lately.

  • Lorenz Gude

    As Andrew Allison points out we are in a period of change with Arm processors taking a big part of the load of everyday computing from x86 on Windows or Mac. I like using my iPad and recently bought the Samsung based ChromeBook for trips, but as a photographer I can still use all the processing power I can get to manipulate photos. I’m about to operate on my 2011 i7 based Mac Mini and install an SSD because I am sick of watching the little color wheel as it grinds through things like B&W conversions. I’ll keep a Windows 7 machine going too because there is just some software that only runs on Windows (the Australian Tax Office’s e-tax) or better on Windows (The allegedly multi platform Gimp). Bottom line – I don’t think PCs or Windows are blue screen, just having trouble digesting Windows 8 and the move to touch. Mary Jo Foley reports a rumor that Blue – aka Windows 9 – will bring back the Start button but not the start menu. I think that will keep the corporates happy and they will go Blue when Win 7 gets long in the tooth.

  • The author’s point about there not being apps requiring faster computers, and commenter’s point about the rise of the tablet and smartphone are part of the reason for the drop in PC’s. But from a corporate IT standpoint, I think there are also a lot of companies looking at Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or at using virtual PC’s accessed either thru thin clients or older PC’s. While I suspect that there won’t be nearly the savings that many of the proponents are suggesting, i suspect that a lot of organizations are cutting back on PC buying with plans to roll out one or more of these strategies.

  • I was hoping you meant that political correctness was in free fall. I could get behind that.

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