WE HOPE you're sitting down, as its seems that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer accidentally got something right as he tangoed with Steve Jobs about the growth of the PC market in the US.
The Zen-like Jobs enigmatically said that the Ipad wasn't actually a PC, much to the chagrin of analysts who said, er, yes it is. Jobs also came out with a terrible analogy, comparing the PC to the farmer's pickup truck, essentially suggesting that it is obsolete hardware.
Ballmer replied, saying that the PC market will grow despite PCs morphing in format, probably in a nod to the Ipad, which he insisted is a PC.
However, Forrester analysts have given this round to Ballmer. "Jobs may not view the Ipad as a PC, but we do," Sarah Rotman of Forrester blogged.
The analysts said 23 percent of PCs in 2015 will be tablets. Forrester also said that tablets will cannibalise the netbook market, outselling them in 2012.
She said, "Our view is that the consumer PC market in the US is indeed getting bigger: Over the next five years, PC unit sales across all form factors will increase by 52 [per cent]."
"In fact, desktops are the only type of PC whose numbers will be fewer in 2015 than they are today," Rotman concluded. µ
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