A very recent debate has surfaced among the computer bigwigs about the sustainability of the PC market and continuance of the PCs among the users. For more than last three decades, PCs have becomes the first assistants for people in every walk of life. Just in a year, PC sale has dropped so drastically that the market dynamics has completely shaken the very existence of PCs.
Is it because personal computing is gaining a whole new definition?
Is it truly the end of the era of PC ?
Let us see some of the prominent discussion points for which you may think for a while, if indeed the death of the PC is now a certainty.
Era of PC Maybe All but Over
The Need for Fast Processors is an Obsolete Concept Now
The need of a dedicated, fast running processor is not the requirement of the time. For the past one and a half decade, technology is rapidly changing and Internet, Virtualization, and Cloud Computing are bringing in unique innovations to the market place. With this new and improved set up, standalone PCs have, long since, lost their significance. Technology is now easily accessible with minimum system requirements and cost of ownership, apparently eliminating the need of a fastest processor and hence, a PC.
The mid of the last decade (ideally from 2003 to 2007) saw the most innovative and evolving PC technology, with old as well as new market players introducing state of the art technology and hardware. Gradually, they shifted their focus towards other technologies causing a remarkable halt in the PC growth. The major setback came when Intel made up its mind to quit desktop motherboard manufacturing. Today solely three companies, Asus, Gigabyte, and ECs are operating in this segment. This market withdrawal definitely has impacted PC manufacturing and associated hardware manufacturing, ultimately causing slower PC sales.
Failure of Netbooks and Ultrabooks
Netbooks and Ultrabooks, two of Intel’s initiatives also suffered major failure in the market. This somehow has affected its almighty status in the hardware ecosystem, directly or indirectly indicating that consumers have started breaking the concept of getting adapted to the choices made available to them. The fading dominance of Intel and failure to bring in innovation is supposed to be a major cause of PCs performance.
Mobile Devices are Ruling
In the post-PC era, the definition of personal computing is changing rapidly. With the size of the computers getting smaller and smaller every day, more alternatives, in the form of, mobile devices, are emerging. People can easily carry their world in their smartphones, tablets, palmtops, e-pads etc. So, who needs a PC to get the common document or spreadsheet like functions? The tremendous sale forecast of mobile devices is going to eat up the PC market share.
BYOD has an Effect
People’s work and working style are changing. The incorporation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work is majorly reducing the dependency on PCs. Employees prefer to carry their work to home for a suitable work-life balance and be more productive. Imagine what big hit the PC market would face, if most of the companies adopt the BYOD culture.
It is impossible to imagine that almost half a century old legacy of PC is in utter threat. The practicality of PC survival will importantly depend on its key players and their further moves.