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Redmond Report Readers Hand Gartner Its Hat!

You just gotta love Redmond Report readers. On Friday I told you all about a report by Gartner that the PC (including laptops and netbooks) would be largely irrelevant in two years. It would be a minor player in a world where all our data is in personal clouds (I'm sure CIOs would love this loss of control) and accessed on tablets, phones and (to some degree) PCs.

When you stop laughing you started typing (on your PCs) and really gave it to the purported eggheads from Stamford (check out some of your responses in today's Doug's Mailbag section).

One developer pointed out that you can never have too much power of bandwidth -- and mobile devices have too little of each. Another pointed out that when you add all the accessories needed to make an iPad almost match a PC, it is as bulky as a PC!

Another pointed out a famous Gartner prediction that Windows would never stand up to OS/2. Oops.

Thanks to all who held the most influential, but often careless, analyst firm's feet to the fire.

Gartner has a long row to hoe before it regains many of your trust.

Of course, even more comments are welcome at

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

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 MiddleMan Chicago

Wasn't Linux supposed to overtake Windows ten years ago? And wasn't mainframe computing supposed to go away a few years after the PC came out? I suspect it is mostly wishful thinking when these statements are made.

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 Pamela Nor Cal

I can't say I ever "trusted" Gartner. To me, they are like the movie critic. Their analysis of all things IT is from their own perspective, much like the movie critic that evaluates a movie for character and plot development, the actor's ability and any number of other things that the unwashed masses are simply not trained in. As a movie go-er, I have one criteria - to be entertained. That's it. I simply do not care what the critics say about a movie if I was entertained. As a techno-consumer, I have my own criteria, which doesn't include "what others are saying." I don't have the need to be connected 24/7 and I really need something larger than an iPad to do all the work and play I expect from my technology. Plus, from a frugality standpoint, why pay for the 'net on my phone when I already pay for broadband for my whole house?

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 Louis Farho United States

Well IT people are not the biggest consumers of PCs. It is the everyday person that is looking to use a device to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Search, check email (which is dying), surf the internet, online banking/bill pay and occasionally create a document ( mostly students). Why do they need a big powerfull PC? They don't and the iPad and various smart phones prove it. Actually, IT people will ironically become the biggest buyers of PCs because Joe Public won't. LOL

Mon, Mar 26, 2012

It appears there is no rural farmyard sentiment left in modern euphemisms... In your second to last hack at Gartner, "road to hoe" is really "row to hoe". Ignorance is showing...

Mon, Mar 26, 2012

A small screen and gimpy keypad may be sufficient to allow some consumption of data where the convenience of portability is of utmost importance. If you are creating content or manipulating it in a non-trivial mannor the ability to perform is more important than the convenience of a microscopic screen and hunt and peck keyboard.

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 Steve B Montana

I think that Gartner will actually have to hoe a "long row"... ;-}

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 Vic Boudolf United States

Dead and irrelevant are two different things. The desktop/laptop form factor won't die, but the new smartphone and tablet form factors are rapidly changing our customers' expectations.

Mon, Mar 26, 2012

I would add that eWeeks is in the same low class as Gartner

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