Two billion PCs in the world by 2014 suggests otherwise, says Michael Dell
Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell doesn’t agree with Steve Job’s vision of a post-PC era as he states in an ft interview:
“There are a billion and a half PCs in the world and while Gartner change their estimates here and there, they also estimate there will be two billion PCs in the world by 2014. So when I look at that, I think the idea that the PC is no longer here is complete nonsense. You see PCs, tablets, you see smartphones. But those other devices aren’t necessarily replacing the PCs, so we are very committed to that part of the business, as part of this broader, end-to-end IT solutions company”
Dell might be planning to launch a tablet running Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system next year. Though Michael Dell didn’t announce any planned products, he says the company is “very much in line” with Microsoft’s plans to overhaul its Windows software so that it works better for tablets. His comments indicate that Dell could be aiming for a device that is in between a tablet and a laptop. “The line that separates a tablet and a laptop today will get very blurry and ultimately disappear as you see many new products,” he says.
Dell’s 5″ Streak tablet did not sell well and we have already seen HP abandon its TouchPad tablet after finding it difficult to compete with Apple’s iPad. Even RIM couldn’t sell many PlayBooks as indicated by their earning’s call last week so it would be interesting to see how Dell re-positions itself in the tablet market.