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Windows 7: IBM Declares the End of the PC Era

24 Aug 2011   #91
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And this from past visionaries at Big Blue -

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

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24 Aug 2011   #92

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mr pc View Post
Let's see

Major computing brands saying PC is dead and a major push for the cloud, do I see a correlation?

And what do we have but Mr. Genius HP CEO Leo Apotheker publically saying HP is out of the PC business!!!!????

I mean the PC business STILL made HP a decent if not excellent profit and this clown basically tanks their PC business !!! WTF!!!!!!

You think he would have had enough smarts to keep the decision quiet until HP could have found a buyer for the PSG, then announce it's exit from the business.


It sure seems like it ....

Like I mentioned before it is like the industry is TELLING the consumer what they want, not the other way around. I SMELL A RAT!
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27 Aug 2011   #93

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I agree, legacy7955, the industry is TELLING the consumer what they want, not the other way round. It reminds me of something that I heard somewhere that when like this: if you tell a lie long enough, people will begin to believe it. However, the truth is the pc is dead when the consumer no longer wants to buy it. And, as long as the consumer demand for pc's remain high the market will supply them. The pc is NOT dead. It's alive and well and thriving
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27 Aug 2011   #94

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195

IBM said the same thing more than 10 years ago. LOL
Chief executive Lou Gerstner labeled e-business an important component of IBM's future while repeating a mantra often heard among CEOs: "The PC era is over." But some observers think this is sour grapes. In the company's recently posted annual report for 1998, Gerstner had a new, very strong reason to exclaim the demise of the PC. Last year Big Blue's personal systems division, which makes desktops and servers, suffered a $992 million loss largely due to price competition.

On that same page has great quotes such as

Although such CEOs as Hewlett-Packard's Lew Platt have also been stating this sentiment,[...]


But some observers think this statement is too self serving. "How much of this is sour grapes because IBM can't make money moving [PC] boxes unlike Dell that does make a decent margin in the business?" wondered Danny Lam, a principal with Fisher-Holstein, a consulting firm.

^I agree with this guy. Almost 13 years has passed since IBM's first (or is it?) sour-grape-based declarations and they're still at it.

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27 Aug 2011   #95
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I think there will be room for both - PCs and Tablets. It will largely depend on the applications.

The "appliance users" that only want mail, social networks and some movies may tend towards tablets - and that is probably the majority of the users.

But the geek types will continue on PCs because they provide a lot more flexibility - in technical terms.
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27 Aug 2011   #96

Win7 Ultimate x64

I can agree with that. There is definitely a use for pc's, tablets and laptops. It will be interesting to see how the software developers, particularly Microsoft and Apple develop their OS's. I expect Windows 8 will lean heavily to the laptops and tablets.
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27 Aug 2011   #97

Windows 7 Professional x64

Dumb announcement. Always IBM....
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27 Aug 2011   #98
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SergioRj View Post
Dumb announcement. Always IBM....
I don't even know how relevant this IBM guy is. "Chief Technology Officer for the Middle East and Africa region" sounds like an obscure position to me. But I have been retired for too long from IBM to really know.
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