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Is the PC almost dead?

Microsoft and Intel are doing their best to save the PC industry. The Computex trade show in Taiwan will feature new form factors utilizing the latest releases from Intel and a the version of Microsoft’s Windows, Windows 8.1. Wintel lives on. We have seen the onslaught of Windows 8 devices that has opened the door for evolution of the existing laptop and tablet devices. There are now many new hybrid laptops, touchscreen laptops and convertible tablet devices. The netbook was short lived and now tablets are positioned to pass PC sales a few short years.

Intel’s Haswell platform is planned to be available in June or July. The next generation CPUs are aimed primarily at laptop and hybrid tablet manufacturers, offering increased battery life and performance. Desktop users can also expect a considerable boost in power. PC makers hope for a boost once Windows 8.1 aka Windows Blue is paired with the Haswell based technology. Intel claims the new chips will offer “double the graphics performance” for laptops, and triple the performance for desktop PCs. Reportedly, the Haswell chips will reduce power consumption to 7 watts; a significant leap from the 10 watt Ivy Bridge Core processors.

According to IDC, “the U.S. market came in slightly weaker than an already negative forecast, contracting 12.4% compared to a forecast of –9.5%. This reflected weaker consumer demand, including a weak back-to-school season, and an industry-wide inventory clean up.“

A Windows 8.1 refresh could be holding the supply chain back while people wait for their START button to be put back. Windows 8.1 or Win Blue is a very aggressively roll out for Microsoft. The new Win Blue is expected to resolve some of the drawbacks with Win8, bringing back the “Start” button and provide better adoption by users used to previous versions of Windows.

The demise of the PC based technology is not as close as everyone would like to theorize. At least not until tablets and hybrids evolve enough for them to handle the needs of the business users. We still love our big screens, keyboard and mice.

Long Live the PC!

Tablets and smartphones have inundated the market, making portable computing not only highly accessible but also extremely practical. It’s easy to see that remote computing is the next big leap in technology, transforming the way we interact with data on a daily basis. But what does this mean for the PC? When the iPad was introduced to the public, many thought it signaled the beginning of the end for the standard PC. However, the personal computer is a foundational mainstay in the way computing is done. Even with these new technologies, we are still living in the PC Age. Here are three of the top reasons this remains true.

 

Desktops Are Still Needed

 

Critics have been claiming the death of the desktop computer for years, yet it remains to be a popular and much used technology. Why is this? The answer is simple: strength. There is no tablet or smartphone that can match the speed and utility of a well-built PC. There may come a day when we can harness the speed and strength of a desktop machine at a smaller scale, but that day isn’t here just yet.

 

Tablets Are Less Practical

 

There is no debating that tablets are extraordinary and useful tools. However, there are certain impracticalities that come with such a portable device that greatly affect operation. PCs are still the preferred machine for typing long documents, surfing the web and using more sophisticated programs. Unless tablets can find a practical way to replicate the functionality of a PC, personal computers will remain a fundamental technology.

 

Smartphones Are Less Functional

 

Any self-respecting tech-savvy nerd has a smartphone. These machines are great for checking email, updating social media or even making a call. Some critics claim that as smartphones become more sophisticated, they will begin to steal some of the standard laptop market. However, the average basic laptop user utilizes laptops to perform higher function actions. Good illustrations of these users are students. Can you imagine writing a term paper on a small smartphone screen? Neither can we.

 

While the portable industry has made remote computing better than ever, it’s still important to have faith in the importance of PCs. For more reasons why the PC age is still alive and well, take a look at this article.