Are PCs going extinct?
If new market research numbers are anything to go by, the PC as we know it might be going the way of the floppy disk.
By comparison, sales of tablets – especially the iPad – are booming.
Let’s look at sales numbers for iPads. Apple says it sold 17 million iPads in the last quarter.
But in the big scheme of things, about 88 million PCs were sold during that same time period. So while they still comfortably outsell iPads, the gap is closing in.
This could all change, however, depending on how Windows 8 does in the market. It’s also quite possible that people were holding off on buying a new PC until Windows 8 launches.
But let’s look at Microsoft’s forthcoming operating system. As I’ve said before, it’s designed to be used primarily with a touchscreen. But several devices are designed to take advantage of the best of both worlds.
Acer, for example, has a laptop that features both a touchscreen and a traditional fold-out keyboard. Other Windows 8 computers will be able to slide into docks at work, then slide out for reading eBooks on the train (or playing video games).
And in case you were wondering – you can get apps with Windows 8. Not exactly the same titles will be there as what’s available in Google or Apple’s ecosystem, but there’ll be quite a healthy selection at launch.
With Apple having so much momentum in the tablet market, (and then some more for Google’s Android OS), will PC sales ever recover? Or is their decline the new norm?- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets