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  Iyar 12, 5773 , 22/04/13

TechCrunch: PCs Still Relevant After All

According to TechCrunch, a website that offers technology news and analysis, PCs are not yet obsolete.

Over the past couple of weeks, the prescient researchers at Gartner and IDC have provided fresh data and predictions about the shipment trends for smart devices, especially the PC. This has sparked a plethora of “PC is dead,” “PC is really dead,” and “PC is really, really dead” mass burial blog posts around the world.

TechCrunch explains that the narrative of the eulogy is based on these three undeniable trends:

A. PC shipments worldwide are decreasing.
B. Mobile phone and tablet shipments worldwide are increasing.
C. The reception to Windows 8 has been weak.

The general consensus is that B and C are causing A, and, therefore, RIP, PC.

In fact, IDC even explicitly threw Windows 8 under the bus, stating the new OS has “not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market.” The interpretation is that because people don’t like Windows 8, they are purchasing mobile phones and tablets to replace PCs as their primary computing device.

The reality, says the website,  is that the “post-PC world” is one in which the PC form factor no longer reigns as the only smart device in your connected life and has to share the spotlight with the mobile phone, tablet and TV. People will buy and use the device that best suits their needs, but the PC is far from obsolete.

There are,TechCrunch continues, somewhere between 1.5 billion and 1.7 billion people (depending on who you believe) who have not buried their PC and 92 percent of them are on Windows (the other 8 percent live in Silicon Valley with no clue about what the other 92 percent are using).

In fact, according to TechCrunch, Lots of time is being spent on that “dead” PC form factor. More than 70 percent of all hours spent on computing devices (PCs, smartphones, and tablets) are on a PC. More than 80 percent of Internet traffic comes from PCs. For 74 percent of people, the PC is the device used most frequently to access the Internet.

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