I think tablets willl take place of the desktops in home but still not all the users would prefer to use feature limited and less power tablets. PC is ubiquitous where you can do lot of stuff inlcuding games movies n work. Tablets are for entertainment and mainly used for browsing not for anything else.
Even some of the fans of the tablet, mobile decvices, smart phones, etc., point out that it does not substitute for their full computers. They just find it to be convenient for specific tasks.Personally, I do everything on my PC.
While a lot of people consider PCs, tablets and smartphones to be in intense competition, I believe that there is very little competition amongst them. Overall, the use of computing devices is on the rise and the increase will be reflected in all three markets. PC's are important in a number of areas where it's practically not possible to replace them. I also believe they will continue to evolve and stay strong in their market.
Good article, Tony, and I very much agree with you.
It is silly to declare that the PC is dead or in the process of dying.
In addition to the points you mention about these devices being used to enhance PC use or the form factors just changing (is a cell phone that plugs into a docking station so you can hook a monitor/keyboard up to it a smartphone or a PC?), the other thing to consider that while tablets and smartphones are all the rage in the US, in the rest of the world the situation is different.
In developing countries, the traditional PC in many ways probably makes the most sense as a form factor: they can be easily shared and used by a variety of people in Internet Cafes or what have you. Portability is less important as many of these people have no need for constant connectivity. And obviously from a value standpoint, a traditional PC will almost certainly have a longer service life than something like a tablet.
So yes, things are changing... but the PC isn't dying, it's not even sick yet!
I don't see the PC going anywhere. If anything it will continue to add functionality while reducing the form factor and cost to consumers. The PC will continue to be the central device from which all other devices operate. I really don't see the tablets take over the PC market in the distant future. What we MIGHT see (over the next 5 years or so) is a convergence of the two technologies. For now, I own a tablet and a PC and I can tell you that I utilize my PC 100 times more than the tablet.
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