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re: Entrepreneur says Win 8 marks end of PCs
DSMITH1044   10/21/2012 5:45:44 PM
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Dinosaurs will always be with us, to paraphrase the bible......oooops there're gone! All the majors release figures stating that PC sales are declining. All the forecasters say PC sales will be static/declining. Will the electronic device marketplace is roaring ahead (smartphones/tablets). Some see the train coming and some wait until it runs them over. Just as DEC/Sun didn't see the collapse of their eco-system I think many here are clinging to WinTel for dear life.

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Duane Benson   10/21/2012 3:54:54 AM
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In this case, as in many others, pieces of furniture are being confused with functional tools. Ultimately, the hardware doesn't matter that much other than that the smaller it gets, the more different form factors it can go into. A tablet or smart phone is not a poor desktop application tool because of its size. It's a poor application tool because of the user interface. Hard keyboards work. Large monitors have value. But, the power in a typical tablet or smart phone matches that of a desktop PC from not that long ago. That power will only keep growing. At some point one of those tiny devices will be capable of running a big CAD or graphics application, but the small screens never will. Along with that is the software component of the UI. What works for a smart phone or tablet form factor may very well not work in a desktop application setting.

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resistion   10/21/2012 3:20:48 AM
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Personal desktop is practically gone. How can it be assumed I can stay in one place all day? Hours long meetings, yeah the focus should be on battery life. I think making presentations on tablets is not too far away.

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msar2020   10/20/2012 10:14:57 PM
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Just look how PC motherboards have been reduced in size. In the 1990's they would fill the entire horizontal area of a classic IBM PC clone with memory chips. Now the modern PC motherboards are just a quarter size card with all the space taken up by connectors and a few capacitors. The only things left to evolve are the integration of the CPU, GPU, memory and instruction sets. Which is where smartphones are now.

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EREBUS0   10/20/2012 9:57:05 PM
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Yea, the new thing is always better than the old thing. I have seen it attached to many a new product, only to see it fail. Face it, I can not do any of my work on a smart phone. QED! They are neat little toys to occupy the shallow minded, but there are few occupations in which you could replace a PC or laptop with one of these overpriced toys. Yes they let you play games anywhere. Woo Hoo, now get back to work idiot. Just my opinion.

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Bert22306   10/20/2012 9:25:47 PM
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For the leisure time, maybe. At work? At school? In industrial settings? What I'm saying is, toys are not the same as tools. People might prefer being glued to their smart phones while watching TV or having dinner, but even these people occasionally have to do something productive. Either because they have to earn a living, or because they are still in school. And to compare the incresing sales of handhelds to sales of PCs is a bit like trying to compare the sales of toilet paper rolls to that of PCs. They are different devices, used for different purposes, and we aren't close to saturation of the handhelds yet. Plus, the fashion statement aspect of the handheld toys practically guarantees that they will be sold in large quantities. Who wants to be seen with the klunky handheld from 5 years ago?

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Bert22306   10/20/2012 9:18:19 PM
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YES! I wish I could have made that point more succinctly, as you did.

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VC-GUY   10/20/2012 7:14:53 PM
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Bert22306, RE: "Sorry, but it strikes me as another concept that seems aimed at the most clueless lightweight users" I think that is the debate. What % of the 7B world population are "clueless lightweight users" or as I would say just want to use technology without hassle or without running virus mcafee scans, or without installing programs off a CD or using a computer without understanding how it works. Our firm thinks its perhaps 95+ % of world population. So that is the market and that is what Apple has figured out. ps. I agree eetime reader for the most part are not in this 95%.

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VC-GUY   10/20/2012 6:59:04 PM
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DmcCunney Can we agree on some specifics? (1) more smart phones shipped than traditional WINTEL PC in 2012 (2) more tables will be shipped than traditional WINTEL PC by 2014-15 (3) More internet searches are done today on mobile arm than WINTEL PC. So this why windows is dying and industry is entering post PC era. yes I agree, I don't think anyone is saying desktop will go away. Desktop will just generate less and less hardware or software revenue versus time. Next Microsoft and Intel destroyed WINTEL platform (traditional desktop). Which means going forward that software platform is now moving to what Microsoft used to call Metro .... which is agnostic to x86 or arm which will have implications on x86 chip margins.

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PJ2   10/20/2012 4:48:47 PM
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Isn't it obvious from this article that some entrepreneur is trying to sell his product and making the assumptions which fits best to selling his product.

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