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Hardware, Embedded Systems InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offers 10 reasons why the PC is here to stay despite Steve Jobs' recent pronouncement that the iPad signals the end of the PC era. 'Depending on whom you ask, the iPad will save journalism, rescue the book publishing business, transform the movie industry, change the way we communicate, and make the perfect omelet. But there are plenty of reasons to suspect that at least some of these predictions will prove overly optimistic. Even more dubious is the idea that the iPad signals a true sea change in computing,' McAllister writes. Chief among the reasons the PC is not dead yet are desktops' comparative cost-effectiveness, the lack of versatility of mobile devices, the fact that desktop and mobile OSes don't mix, and limitations inherent to tablet devices' dependencies on the cloud.
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The end of the PC Era as we know it
by REM2000 on Wed 7th Jul 2010 08:29 UTC
REM2000
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I think everyone knows that the PC whether it a mac or pc is not going anywhere soon. Larry Elison said the same thing 10 years ago with the net pc and that failed badly.

Perhaps ignore the comment on it's own and who it's from as there is a lot of marketing speak in it, but instead think of it as the PC Era as we know it. The iPad, iPhone / Android has shown that there is a market for limited scope devices, that the PC is a jack of all trades where as the iPad and similar devices are more fine tuned to a particular experience.

Now that's not a particularly profound and orginal statement, however when you look at other areas of home media / lifestyle computing you also see the rise of multimedia devices such as the Xbox360 and the PS3, in particular the PS3. These devices are consoles at heart, gaming devices. However the PS3 adds a lot of media options, streaming and storing, music & video. So again we are seeing more devices which are not as powerful as a PC but something which is targeted at a particular task and does it well.

Where does this leave the PC, desktop sales pale next to notebook / netbook sales, so where does this leave the desktop pc? I would say in not many homes but mostly relegated to the business world (im excluding high end use such as CAD, Video editing and image / publishing as they usually require the larger screens).

The desktop PC at this current rate is looking to become a niche, perhaps a throw back from users who grew up with a desktop and users who require large monitors. The other segment of course is gaming on the PC, however again the hardcore gamers could be considered a Niche, especially when you add casual gaming into the mix. My girlfriend plays the standard casual games like world of goo, braid etc, and these games are optimised for laptops, optimised for lower graphical processing power.

Back to the original question of if the PC is dead, as others have mentioned perhaps in the far future we might be more like star trek where devices like iPads are equipment with lower powered CPU's and all the information, media etc is processed and streamed to the iPad from the cloud. However at the moment PCs are here to stay, for there complex software which couldn't translate onto the iPad, for the storage of media and to act as a digital hub.

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