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Dell says the PC isn’t dead

Hints that more tablets are in the pipeline
Mon Sep 19 2011, 12:31

THE PC ISN'T DEAD YET despite forecasts to the contrary, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell told the Financial Times this week.

This statement comes after analysts cut their PC sales forecasts earlier this month, with Gartner slashing its forecast for PC sales growth this year to just 3.8 per cent or a total of 352 million units.

Dell told the FT, "There are a billion and a half PCs in the world and while Gartner change their estimates here and there, they also estimate there will be two billion PCs in the world by 2014. So when I look at that, I think the idea that the PC is no longer here is complete nonsense."

He added, "You see PCs, tablets, you see smartphones. But those other devices aren't necessarily replacing the PCs, so we are very committed to that part of the business, as part of this broader, end-to-end IT solutions company."

Dell predicts that PC growth will come mainly from emerging markets, such as China. "Around 60 per cent of the Chinese internet runs on Dell," he added.

Dell hinted that his firm is still aiming to compete in the tablet market despite limited sales of its Streak device, saying the company is "very much in line" with Microsoft's plans to overhaul its Windows software so that it works better for tablets.

"The line that separates a tablet and a laptop today will get very blurry and ultimately disappear as you see many new products," he said.

Last month, The INQUIRER's readers agreed that the PC isn't dead after an IBM executive claimed the contrary.

IBM Middle East and Africa CTO Mark Dean's comments that we have "moved beyond" the PC era were made on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the IBM Personal Computer, but we'll note that IBM no longer makes PCs, having sold off that business to Lenovo several years ago. µ


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