The PC isn’t as dead as you thought

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

Bad Signs?

Those predicting the death of the PC got a boost when Steve Jobs, before his untimely death, compared PCs to trucks. He said trucks dominated when most people lived rural lives. But now that more people live in cities, cars are more important than trucks. In Jobs’ analogy, PCs are trucks and tablets are cars.

Work

But ITworld claims that Jobs’ argument is flawed. The best-selling vehicle in the United States remains a truck, the Ford F150 pickup. That’s because people still need trucks to get work done. This holds true for PCs: People need them to get work done.

The Importance of Work

And, ITworld argues, people need PCs to work. You can’t type reports on tablets. You’ll find it difficult 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 still need PCs.


Posted on: 09.05.13