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Whoopty
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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. 
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.
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?
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.

 
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.
rjones2818
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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.
stevew928
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5/12/2015 | 2:41:09 PM
Desktop isn't dead, but...
Andrew, I certainly agree with your main point, but disagree that tablets are in trouble. For example, I own an iPad and a MacBook Air. Both are nearly as portable, but they have very different uses, strengths, weaknesses, etc.

And, this is a point Microsoft doesn't seem to get yet... a mobile device, regardless of size and processing power, is a different kind of UI experience with different purpose and application.

A desktop or laptop is always going to be more productive for a certain set of tasks. But, at the same time, a mobile device is going to be more productive, or especially, more appropriate for another. If I'm going to meet a client or business associate, etc. at a coffee shop for a conversation, I'm probably going to take my iPad. I typically don't need to take a lot of notes and can easily do so on a device that is much less socially intrusive (especially if the person I'm meeting has no device in use). Or, if I'm on a ride into the city on public transit, it's far easier to use an iPad or phablet than pulling out a laptop, no matter how small the laptop is. It's just a totally different kind of interaction.

Yes, the gap has been closed in a few major areas, between laptop and tablet that has impacted the rapid rise of tablet sales. I'd say that first among these is battery life. With more efficient processors and better batteries, it's much closer these days. That's one of the primary reasons I initially went tablet, as I needed more than 3 hours of computing time away from a power-source. The other is portability, though as an Apple user, I guess I've been kind of spoiled for many years in that regard. (Where my wife works, most of the company issued laptops stay in the office, while the employees have found 'hack' ways to use iPads, etc. because their laptops are true boat-anchors!)

But, that doesn't mean tablets are in any danger, just that maybe the initial enthusiasm was a bit much, and that people aren't going to replace a $600 device every couple of years. The other problem was that many of the Android tablets were so horrible, I'm sure there are a lot of people who got burned and now think tablets are fairly useless.

Another point I might take issue with is your comment concerning the enterprise. While true, the enterprise is going to become less relevant in the big picture of future business. But that's a whole other discussion.

Ultimately, I think there is a lot of room for desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones (phablets)... they each have their advantages and disadvantages. None of them, IMO, are going away or are in much danger. The big question is - if one were forced to only pick one or two (for economic reasons, etc.) - which would they choose? That will probably become the biggest driver of any kind of major shift.
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5/12/2015 | 2:42:01 PM
Re: A couple more reasons
Good distinctions - content creator and content consumer.

    If I can only have one device, choosing for content creation seems to have more of a future.

    If I can have two devices, choosing a backup for content creation and storage strategies is appealing.

    If I can have three devices, now I can select for content consumption.

    BTW when one maintains two devices, proper maintenance, upgrades, and future-proofing increases. Or, one can share it all in the clouds.
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5/12/2015 | 6:15:01 PM
Re: Desktop isn't dead, but...
The issue can be put as simply as "it sucks to type lengthy articles on a touchscreen."
stevew928
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stevew928,
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5/12/2015 | 8:02:39 PM
Re: Desktop isn't dead, but...
Heh! For sure...

but more than that actually. Certain types of input are more efficient with a touch-based UI, while others are far better with a mouse. Then there are the phyiscal constraints and advantages of each.

Like I said, they are just relatively different for different purposes.

And yes, typing up long documents on a touch-screen is a bit of a pain, until you're on a flight and only a tablet will fit and you actually get something typed up that you wouldn't have otherwise, etc. Prior to updating my iPad 2 to iOS 8, I could type reasonably on it (30 wpm consistently up to almost 40 at times),  to be quite honest. But, it's a more fatiguing, tedious process for sure.
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