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Windows 7: IBM Declares the End of the PC Era


12 Aug 2011   #1

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IBM Declares the End of the PC Era

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Are we living in a "post-PC" world? Steve Jobs thinks so, and he often refers to the iPad as a "post-PC" device. Now an IBM executive has added fuel to the fire--its Chief Technology Officer for the Middle East and Africa region, Mark Dean, says the company did the right thing in getting out of the PC business.
August 12 marks the 30th anniversary of the IBM 5150 PC, which was widely considered to be the beginning of the PC era. IBM, for years, lead the way in ensuring a PC in every home, a campaign which in turn spurred an industry that now sells hundreds of millions of units each year.
Jobs and Dean: Strange Bedfellows
Considering that Dean was on the team that helped shape IBM's PC business, his commentary is stunning. He lauds the company for selling its computer business to Lenovo in 2005.
"While many in the tech industry questioned IBM's decision to exit the business at the time, it's now clear that our company was in the vanguard of the post-PC era," Dean wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
Whoa, did he really just say that? Yes he did, and he goes on to say that he himself has moved beyond the PC. Without disclosing which brand he's using, Dean admits his primary computing device is now a tablet.
The PC is no longer at the leading edge of computing, and Dean argues that services--not another computing device--are leading the way.
His argument makes sense: look at the rise of social networking. The service itself is key, not the hardware it's running on. This is true across a range of other computer industry sectors as well.
The PC Plus Era, Not the Post PC Era
Obviously everyone's not going to agree. In a separate blog post, Microsoft Corporate Communications Chief Frank Shaw says he likes to think of the current state of computing as the "PC-plus" era. He adds that over 400 million PCs will be shipped in 2011 alone.
"We'll continue to lead the industry forward in bringing technology to the next billion (or 2 billion or 6 billion) people on our planet," Shaw writes. "We'll do that as we always have, by working with our partners to deliver amazing experiences to individuals and businesses."
That certainly sounds to me like Microsoft thinks the PC as a platform will be around for a long, long time.
I happen to agree with Jobs--and now Dean's--position. The PC as we know it is done. As our computing lives move onto the cloud, raw computing power is becoming less and less important. The intense computing is happening on the server side and not on your home computer.
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12 Aug 2011   #2

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They all say it's the end of PCs bu in fact, we are all still using them. Oh and btw, I don't use any mobile device. PCs FTW.
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12 Aug 2011   #3

 
 

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Are we living in a "post-PC" world? Steve Jobs thinks so
I don't.
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12 Aug 2011   #4

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Bah, not the first time this has been mentioned...and guess what? PC's are still here.
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12 Aug 2011   #5

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The end of the PC?

Steve Jobs, the major competition, thinks so.

IBM, the company that made the biggest business gaffe of the 20th century, thinks so.

Mmmm. Do I see a pattern here?
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12 Aug 2011   #6

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*yawn* been reading the end of the pc comments since the late 90's but here I am writing this on the PC. They probably want to enter the tablet or cloud business I suppose or maybe just want some quick publicity :P
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12 Aug 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lebon14 View Post
They all say it's the end of PCs bu in fact, we are all still using them. Oh and btw, I don't use any mobile device. PCs FTW.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NeroDevil View Post
Bah, not the first time this has been mentioned...and guess what? PC's are still here.
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The end of the PC?

Steve Jobs, the major competition, thinks so.

IBM, the company that made the biggest business gaffe of the 20th century, thinks so.

Mmmm. Do I see a pattern here?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Schroff87 View Post
*yawn* been reading the end of the pc comments since the late 90's but here I am writing this on the PC. They probably want to enter the tablet or cloud business I suppose or maybe just want some quick publicity :P
Do you all live blinkered lives.
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12 Aug 2011   #8

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It's funny that every piece of this marketing bull that comes along is studiously and approvingly reported.

The truth of the matter is that *high profit margin* has permanently abandoned the PC industry. It's now a staple industry.

But tablets and smartphones, well they make every CEO salivate over the margins. They made Apple the gargantuan well designed pile of money it now is, didn't they?

And the rest of the food chain agrees. The phone companies, charging and overcharging for 3g/4g/+ internet service, they like them soooo much.

And so we have these journalistic hacks paid by the letter writing this bullcrap every now and then.
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12 Aug 2011   #9

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PC's are going to be here for years to come nothing is coming to an end here..
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12 Aug 2011   #10

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