Linked by David Adams on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:13 UTC
In the News Hewlett-Packard Co. , the world's largest computer maker, is in talks to buy [database search software vendor] Autonomy Corp. for about $10 billion and plans to spin off its personal-computer business, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Is this an indicator of the Post PC Era?
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RE: Indicator of the future
by Dr.Mabuse on Fri 19th Aug 2011 00:35 UTC in reply to "Indicator of the future"
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When has it ever been different? People who have been around long enough know that the PC hardware business has always been a ruthless cut-throat game.

IMHO, eventually all the hype about Apple is going to eventually subdue (I was going to say "come to a griding halt", but that is perhaps a bit strong for the immediate future.) The market for tablet and smart phone users is becoming saturated with upteen different variations. What then for Apple's much vaunted "business model" ? They know this too ... Hence the ever more ridiculous legal battles on multiple fronts.

Interestingly enough, my prediction is that there will always be a personal computer. There will be no post PC era. I believe there will however be a consolidation of all PC manufacturers and they will merge under Microsoft's brand and will mimic Apple's business model of controlling the whole platform. The two remaining players will be Microsoft and Apple but the disparity in market share will be dramatically different by that time. I think it will be much more equal then.

Perhaps ... Maybe the big players will decide this is the way to go. As you say: We'll see.

But, what about all the commodity PC gear manufacturers? (e.g. Gigabyte, ASUS - the upteen different Taiwanese and Chinese companies) Do they just pack up shop under this grand vision?

Where does this leave non-Microsoft operating systems? Particularly the one that now contributes greatly to the back-end business of everything from mom-and-pop operations to Fortune 500 companies, Supercomputers, smart-phones and so forth?

I guess in a nutshell, I can't help but think that there is still a LOT of room in the market place for computer equipment that allow people to get real work done. Software Engineering, 3D CAD & Mechanical Design, etc. I don't think Apple can ever dominate there.

Edited 2011-08-19 00:38 UTC

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