re: What PC Makers Must Do Now
my 2 cents. PCs and Laptops were, at one time, the only way to get to the Internet and the only way in which to play the "cool" games. Today, there are many devices to choose from for getting to the Internet and playing all the "cool" games. Thus a PC or laptop isn't as desireable or necessary as they once were. Thus HP, Dell who make PCs will see a decline in PC sales, and Microsoft will see a decline in Windows O/S sales because of the different choices available to surf the web and play the "cool" games.
The Caveat is, no one wants to only look at a 5" or 10" screen in which to surf the Internet or play "cool" games.Ask 10 people if they were willing to give up their 23" desktop screen in favor for their 5" phone or 10" tablet at home and at work, I would venture 9 out of 10 would say no.
If anything, the bigger the screen, the better.
But for getting your emails, Twitters, Facebooks, mobile devices are simply better because their mobile.
how to make PCs the hot item again? Create a really "cool" game that everyone will want to play that will only run on a desktop with desktop graphics. If you port it to XBox or PSP3, no one will buy it for the PC because, XBox and PSP3s are cheaper. Why buy a $1000.00 or $2,000 PC to play a video game that can run on a $400.00 console.