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2/4/2014 07:23 PM EST
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daleste
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Lenovo?
daleste   2/4/2014 9:15:28 PM
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I'm not sure that it makes sense for Lenovo to purchase Vaio.  They already have their PC line.  I can understand the purchase of Motorola since that gets them into another business.

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Re: Lenovo?
krisi   2/5/2014 11:00:23 AM
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I agree, I don't think this is Lenovo...but could be another Chinese company

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Seems a strange move
Bert22306   2/4/2014 9:38:42 PM
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Sony is a CE appliance maker, is it not? And a lot of such CE appliances have migrated or will be migrating to Internet Protocol connectivity. They will depend on the Internet. This is true for TVs, radios, and kitchen appliances too. I wonder if Sony has all this IP connectivity expertise elsewhere, or whether they just plan to outsource all this work.

Certainly, as of now, there aren't a lot of CE appliance makers that seem capable of designing really good "connected products." PCs, tablets, and smartphones seem to have that figured out. Where would Sony look, if it sells Vaio?

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PC era really ending
resistion   2/4/2014 10:47:33 PM
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Was VAIO customer way back when, so this really says to me, PC is a thing of yesterday..

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Re: PC era really ending
BobsView   2/5/2014 1:36:02 PM
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PC Era is Ending???

Whoa, and what is going to replace it? 

I can't see designing my next project on a Smartphone or Tablet.  In my daily workload I use Excel, MS Word, Power Point, MS Project, AutoCAD, Sonnet, Microwave Office and CST, and a few more.  I don't think a Tablet will cut it.

Also, at home I use a similar assortment of programs.  And even there a Tablet won't cut it. 

Anyone who thinks PC's are going away is only looking at the teen and Young Adult market where the only thing that matters is staying in touch with their friends.

 

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resistion   2/5/2014 8:02:31 PM
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The era of PC being everything or PC dominance is ending. Entertainment applications outgrowing work applications. I used to use Vaio for entertainment. Now it would be tablet or smartphone, which also handles emails. Although it may be debated whether a work-capable tablet still counts as a PC.

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Re: PC era really ending
msar2020   2/5/2014 3:38:24 PM
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Sony made great workstation laptops a decade ago (some series had dual core 2.8 GhZ Intel CPU's, Nvidia GPU, 16" screen, wi-fi). Looking at the current Vaio's on the market, it seems that Sony have followed the rest of the market and gone in for the netbook market with screens smaller than 14". Yet, there is still demand for those refurbished high-end laptops. In any other marketplace, Sony always seems to have a high-end product.

 

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post-PC world
zewde yeraswork   2/5/2014 9:20:26 AM
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I don't know if we can write off PCs just yet...this deal hasn't been reached and even if it is, someone is clearly interested enough in Vaio to try it out. Sony has investments elsewhere, they have a broad product line and they can leverage their offerings to create more advanced solutions. Vaio is an important part of their business, but it's not all that they have and it appears that they would be keeping a share of the business as it currently stands if they were to sell it to this investment fund.

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DMcCunney   2/5/2014 11:31:56 AM
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@zewde yeraswork: I don't know if we can write off PCs just yet...this deal hasn't been reached and even if it is, someone is clearly interested enough in Vaio to try it out.

We can't write the PC off.  There is still a substantial market for PCs.  What there isn't is growth.   The market is for replacements and upgrades, not new sales. 

As was pointed out, PCs are commodities and margins are razor thin.  You have to sell enormous amounts to make any money, so economies of scale to get lower costs are desireable.

Sony is no longer a brand leader, doesn't possess the economies of scale, and is probably losing money on the line.  Sony is like any other high-tech manufacturer: enormous amounts of capital investment are required to stay viable, and to get capital, they must invest where they can get the greatest returns.  That isn't the PC market.

It will be interesting to see who does acquire the Viao business.  I'm not sure I see Lenovo either, but Fujitsu and Toshiba are still in the business.

 

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Good fit for Amazon or Microsoft?
_hm   2/5/2014 6:44:48 PM
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Amazon or Microsoft may be interested in this hardware business.

 

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Re: Good fit for Amazon or Microsoft?
rick merritt   2/5/2014 10:07:15 PM
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@hm: Amazon or Microsoft may be interested in this hardware business.

??!!??

More likely HP, Dell, Toshiba, Fujitsu ...or Lenovo if it isn't already suffering from indigestion


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Re: Good fit for Amazon or Microsoft?
zewde yeraswork   2/6/2014 11:36:30 AM
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Yes, when was the last time Amazon or Microsoft went into hardware. Of course, the current difficulties of PC manufacturers affords an opportunity to those who are trying to get into hardware to make their move. The price on these businesses is down and that could create a good moment to strike.

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Re: Good fit for Amazon or Microsoft?
Sheetal.Pandey   2/26/2014 12:15:49 PM
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Ya Lenovo has been doing good in PC business. It will be a good deal if Sony vaio gets sold to Lenovo. It can revive it for sure.

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