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Gartner cuts second-half PC sales forecast

8/31/2010 05:06 PM EDT
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NataliWatson   5/6/2011 1:30:46 PM
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WSOCT   9/3/2010 1:34:59 AM
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IMO, this isn’t surprising at all and it’s not just related to the economic meltdown in the U.S. and Europe. With the smartphone segment booming, the dominance of PC era is likely over for good. The Apple iPad has opened up a new market segment altogether which thrives on the usability aspect. Therefore, a large number of customers are now making the transition from PC to either notebooks or the iPad. There’s a strong need to re-invent the PC industry and my hopes remain optimistic. - Keith Schaub

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chanj0   8/31/2010 9:26:45 PM
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PC sales may be affected by the competition from the powerful smart phone and Apple iPad. However, the latter 2 devices cannot totally replace a PC (either a MS-based or a Mac). The screen, the multiple I/O and usability are some of the features that a mobile device can't compete. What are the other features that you are looking for and that are unique in a PC?

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LD   8/31/2010 7:28:00 PM
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For the year, Gartner expects worldwide PC shipments to total 267.8 million, a 19.2 percent increase from 308.3 million units shipped in 2009, according to the firm's latest forecast. Correction: 367.8 million (if it was 19.2% increase)

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JMWilliams   8/31/2010 7:21:54 PM
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The age of the machine or the OS doesn't matter to most of these businesses or their employees -- updating the web browser probably is far more important. I haven't wanted to buy a new computer because the clock speeds recently have not been enough of an improvement over the 2 GHz of my present machine. I think the market would pick up a lot if Intel and others would get to work on smaller-pitch and faster CPUs. I don't plan to buy again until I can get about a 5 GHz machine at a reasonable price.

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