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Doug's Mailbag: Gartner Grumbling

Readers share their thoughts on Gartner's prediction that PCs will be dead in two years:

In some ways the analyst would be correct if Microsoft really pushed thin client to the maximum and your Windows session appeared in the cloud. But that isn't happening anytime soon. So we are left with the iPad Ponzi scheme that is adding millions of smart TVs to households all over the world.

In the end we will gravitate to some form of smart thin client because it's so much easier for people to manage.

Ask Mr. Kleynhans what type of device he was using when he wrote his statement.

It's so irritating. Consider how long it's taken to 'get rid of' Windows.

You could OUTLAW PCs and they'd still be around in great proliferation in two years. Just like the incandescent bulb...

And all other numbers aside, I can't afford to buy the devices to support the cloud in two years -- let alone want to.

I hate the notebook/netbook keyboard, there's no tactile feedback on an iPad, I can't plug a RJ45 network jack into my iPhone. It doesn't sound like those devices are ready for prime time.


PC irrelevant, eh? OK, then my evening was just interrupted. I'm reading this thread on my iPad while sitting at my i7 desktop ripping audio from old vinyl. If the PC just became irrelevant then I won't be able to convert any more VHS tapes to DVD or continue developing several software projects I'm working on anymore. Cut the crap Gartner... The PC isn't going anywhere.

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Posted by Doug Barney on 03/26/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 datorman CA

How many years has it been since the death of mainframes was forecast? I do believe that they're still with us.

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 Shan

The so called expert said the same about MainFrames in 80s and 90s.. and where are we after 30 Yrs..? all major corporations are still running their core applications on MainFrams..

Mon, Mar 26, 2012

Sis Boom Bah "Describe the sound made when a Gartner explodes."

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 EVVJSK

Not sure the PC is going anywhere real soon, but by the same token, it maybe going where ever it is going pretty slowly. Microsoft had better see the strengths of what the PC can do, and not hobble that just to try and tap into some sort of GUI Fantasy and AppStore revenue that may throw a rock through it's Windows !

Mon, Mar 26, 2012

Why does anyone bother listening to Gartner. Wrong more often than right and even then just peddling last years news

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