DEVICES: Spare a thought for the humble old desktop computer, sidelined in some respects over the course of past half a decade of so as mobile and then tablet devices have come to the fore. But perhaps there is life in the desktop after all. READ MORE on MobileOpportunity.
The personal computer market in 2013 is in a chaotic state, as tablets and mobiles continue to become critical devices in the hands of users.
Microsoft is trying to tweak Windows 8 to make it acceptable to PC users, its Surface computers continue to crawl off the shelf, PC licensees are reconsidering their plans to overhaul operating systems and business models, whilst Apple’s Macintosh business continues a genteel slide into obscurity.
This state of affairs leads many many people to suggest that the personal computer is obsolete, a fading figment of the past destined to become as irrelevant as the rotary telephone and steam-powered automobile.
Some beg to differ. Although Windows and Macintosh are both showing their age, think there is enormous opportunity for a renaissance in personal computing.
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