The BBC has an interesting article about the decline of sales of PCs (by which I think they mean “IBM compatibles” as opposed to personal computers in general), including the decline of enthusiast computer building.
Two reasons are given – the slow down in production of games for PCs – that seems to be a major factor in the enthusiast end of the market – and, more importantly, the rise of the tablet.
Now, I understand why people like tablet devices and I think they are good. But they are also hideously underpowered – I find this a constant frustration in business when working with people who are relying on tablet devices, as they (the devices) cannot handle various file formats or tasks.
- Windows 8, Bill Gates Killed Courier Tablet: Report (microsoft-watch.com)
- Acer predicts that Microsoft will “re-rise” against iPad with Windows 8 (winrumors.com)
- ASUS also preparing Windows 8 tablet for Q3 2012 (winrumors.com)
- A Quick Look at HP and Dell Desktop PCs (moneysupermarket.com)
- The Death of the Desktop Computer (dmariew.me)
- Hewlett-Packard has decided to keep its PC business (tarpon.wordpress.com)