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.
LONG LIVE THE DESKTOP! <heh>
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.