The PC Is Not Dead; Long Live PCs

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It seems like once a year an article or blog gets posted re-igniting the debate on the future of computing devices. Because I often speak about the future of technology, the topic is of great interest to me — especially when it comes to the future of PCs.

First, let me pose a question: Why don’t other industries have the same black/white mentality?

* Mutual Funds are dead!
* The car is dead – SUV’s will take over!
* The toaster is dead!

Looking at some of the sources of the “PC is dead” mantra, it is usually a new technology that inspires the prediction:

* Internet in 1994
* Thin Clients in 1996
* Smart phone in 2002
* Virtualization in 2005
* Cloud in 2007
* Netbook in 2008
* Slate in 2010

Interestingly, none of them have taken over.