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Has the ‘Death of the PC’ Been Greatly Exaggerated? [View all]

(Possibly not the right forum ... but this is an area I've found interesting and I think others might too ...)

http://knowledgetoday.wharton.upenn.edu/2012/10/has-the-death-of-the-pc-been-greatly-exaggerated/

Skyrocketing sales of tablets and mobile devices have hinted at the notion that desktop and laptop PCs — once the staple for home computing — are beginning to collect dust in many households. And now, the numbers are starting to show that: Last week, Microsoft, a company whose business depends heavily on sales of PCs and related software, announced that its first-quarter net income dropped by 22%, with revenue down 8% from a year before. That followed an earlier report by research firm IDC that global PC shipments fell by 8.6% in the last quarter.

For many observers, such data suggest that the “death of the PC” is imminent. To get some perspective on that grim outlook, KnowledgeToday asked three Wharton faculty members if they envisioned a time when the humble personal computer as we know it will no longer exist.


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