The era of the PC isn’t as over as you might think

September 7, 2013

You may think the PC era is just about over if you believe everything you read in the tech media. After all, the sales numbers for tablets are soaring. The numbers for PCs aren’t quite as impressive. But ITworld in a recent story made a convincing case versus the naysayers. The PC isn’t dead, ITworld argued. The truth is, it’s doing just fine.


Job’s Quote

Those anticipating the end of the PC era point out HP’s decision to leave the industry as proof the PC is on its deathbed. Others quote Steve Jobs who before his death likened PCs to trucks: We needed trucks when we lived a rural lifestyle. But now that more and more people live in cities, trucks aren’t as vital.



But ITworld disagrees, even with Jobs. First, it points out that the leading vehicle sold in the United States each year is the Ford F150 pickup. That, of course, is a truck. People purchase trucks because they need to get work done. And that’s also why they buy PCs.


The Importance of Work

And, ITworld argues, people need PCs to work. You can’t type reports on tablets. You’ll struggle to create spreadsheets or slideshows, too. You’ll want a PC for that. And as long as people in this country continue to work, ITworld says, they’ll continue to need PCs.

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