Recent events in the technology industry such as the resignation of Steve Jobs, HP’s decision todistance itself from the PC business, and Google’s $12.5 billion dollar purchase of Motorola Mobility have many claiming that the PC era is coming to an end. As smart phones get smarter people who need to remain connected to their business or network are free to travel away from their desk and still have the ability to respond quickly to digital inquiries and communications. Tablets with larger screens and can be used for mobile HD presentations eliminating the need to carry more bulky laptops. Some tablets now have the ability to record 3D video and many support mobile versions of popular programs traditionally used on a PC. These features have no doubt contributed to the huge spike in sales of mobile devices while traditional desktop PC sales have been flat for years.
But hold on a minute. Before you break out the shovel and start digging the grave for your PC let’s look a little closer. Kids, in particular, are avoiding desktop PCs and laptops and opting for smart phones and iPads to play games, use e-mail and do other tasks that do not require large screens. Mobile devices are also being used for watching movies, reading books, playing games, and looking at photos. So it looks like mobile devices are not really being used for traditional computing tasks and that, at least for the time being, the PC will continue to rule workplaces and have a place in the home.
It appears that instead of witnessing the end of the PC era we are simply entering a “PC-plus era” where mobile devices will be used to extend the power of the PC and make it available almost anywhere.