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8 Reasons The PC Is Not Dead

Now that phablets have essentially cannibalized the tablet market, the personal computer has a chance to make a dramatic comeback. Here's why.
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rjones2818
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5/12/2015 | 1:58:29 PM
I think the death of the PC as we know it has happeneed.
This doesn't mean that there won't be desktops/laptops.  They have become/are becoming dumb terminals with onboard processing thanks to the cloud.  Think Chromebook.  If this is good or not, we should know reasonably soon. Also, keep in mind that XP has set a pretty high standard for how long an enterprise level OS can be useful.  I think relyinig on 'real' work to reinvigorate the PC market is wishful thinking.
dbrisco863
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5/12/2015 | 1:38:08 PM
The PC was never even sick let alone dead.
In general when at a desk you are not going to reach for a tablet instead of the desk top computer. Tablets are as one commenter already noted are better as consumption devices and as a work tool have always been something tht allows you to do some work when away from the desk. So until we eliminate desk jobs the PC wil stay.
keitha0000
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5/12/2015 | 1:02:48 PM
Re: A couple more reasons
We have missed the single biggest reason why the desktop PC will not die: It is designed for the content creator. Other platforms; phones, tablets, phablets; are designed for content consumption. Now while it may be true that there are some limited content creation capabilities on the other platforms, most content creators absolutely must have a desktop (or notebook) Windows PC or Mac to create professional content.

As a content creator, reading articles about the impending "death" of the PC, always seemed to me to be a little bit naive and not really based on the complete spectrum of what PCs are actually used for.

 
Jamescon
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5/12/2015 | 11:13:32 AM
A couple more reasons
@Andrew. You have 8 good reasons for the rebirth of the PC. I'll suggest two more reasons to bring it to a nice, even 10.

9. Ergonomics. I love the convenience that comes with the computing power of a phone or even a notebook. You can access data from more places faster than ever. However, I don't want to do any significant typing or working with apps like Excel on a phone or phablet. Doing "desktop style" work on a mini-device is slower and often more painful (hands, back, eyes). Plus, there are factors such as scrolling across and swiping just to see a viewable image.

10.Product life. The days of turning over a PC inventory every two or three years are long gone. That cycle was rooted in 20 years of Microsoft and other software vendors rolling out "enhancements" on a regular schedule. Each version was fatter than the other, and of course releasing a new version of Windows meant releasing new versions of Office or Lotus or any other app. Fatter apps called for more memory, more storage, and greater processor speed (Intel was fine with that). With today's PCs you can have your apps in the cloud or at the desktop, and you have the same option for your data. So, a company or an individual won't have to spend $2,000 to $4,000 every two or three years just to keep pace with the software sector. Maybe we can stretch future PCs into a 5-year or even 10-year lifecycle. How many phones and tablets might last 5 years?
AlurL137
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5/12/2015 | 10:18:05 AM
Quality for a few vs quantity for the masses
The average guy who is addicted to her/his phone/tablet are the public who never understand PCs if they ever had one. They are the ones whose desktops were full of malware in the 1st year of ownership and dependent on techs to get them out of their messes. While they upgrade their phones every 2 aor 3 years, they didn't understand that desktops need the same upgrades. The cost of upgrades on phones is absorbed in a monthly fee and "free" incentives which are actaully must part of the billing. They remember that expenses of a PC have to be paid all at once.

The smart phones are a dumbed down way to interact on the internet which is all most people need. For those who require Office, graphics, storage, and speed, the phone and tablets will never do. When I get snooty, I tell those with phone addicitons that my graphic card cost more than their phone, hehe, but that just adds fuel to the fire for those who had bad experiences with desktops.
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5/12/2015 | 7:19:55 AM
VR
Don't forget VR. Thanks to the power of the platform and the fact that games offer a comparatively stressful way to pioneer virtual world development, the PC will be the driving force behind VR and AR as nothing else out there has the power to deliver it at a high enough frame rate to be comfortable, with a high enough resolution to look real. 
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