The era of the PC isn’t as over as you might think

You’ve likely heard how the PC is dead. Consumers are buying tablets and smartphones, but they are skipping new desktop computers. Well, ITworld is here to inform you that the rumors of the PC’s death have been overblown.

Bad Signs?

Those expecting the end of the PC era point out HP’s decision to leave the business as evidence that the PC is on its deathbed. Others quote Steve Jobs who before his death likened PCs to trucks: We needed trucks when we lived a rural lifestyle. But now that more people live in cities, trucks aren’t as important.


But ITworld doesn’t agree, even with Jobs. First, it points out that the leading vehicle sold in the United States every year is the Ford F150 pickup. That, obviously, is a truck. People purchase trucks because they need to get work done. And that is also why they buy PCs.

The Importance of Work

Tablets are ideal for lots of things. They’re not great, though, for people who need to get real work done. It’s quite difficult typing a report on a tablet. It’s a chore to use tablets to produce spreadsheets or slideshows. But PCs? That’s the sort of work at which these machines excel. And, as ITworld argues, until we don’t need to work anymore we’ll need our PCs.