THE PC IS DEAD, according to an IBM executive on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the IBM Personal Computer.
IBM Middle East and Africa CTO Mark Dean said that the announcement of the first IBM PC on August 12, 1981, "helped launch a phenomenon that changed the way we work, play and communicate".
He added, "It may be odd for me to say this, but I'm also proud IBM decided to leave the personal computer business in 2005, selling our PC division to Lenovo."
While many in the technology industry questioned IBM's decision to exit the business at the time, he added, it's now "clear that the company was in the vanguard of the post-PC era".
According to Dean, we have "moved beyond" the PC era, so much so that even his own computer is a tablet. "When I helped design the PC, I didn't think I'd live long enough to witness its decline," he said.
He added that "while PCs will continue to be much-used devices", they're "no longer at the leading edge of computing" and are going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs. µ