In my opinion, the death of the PC has been grossly exaggerated. They are not doomed. They are not going away anytime soon. I have several different reasons I say that.
Long live the PC
Lately, the rise of alternative devices have led to a fair amount of “PCs are doomed” hysteria. The problem is that there are still many tasks that are better suited to the PC form factor and the power.
For example things like video editing and graphics work are still significantly easier and often more precise on a PC or a PC kind of form factor than they are on some of those alternatives. For those and many other tasks desktop PCs remain the mainstay of the office and in fact, most workplaces.
As long as they continue to be a key staple for the office, PCs will be available for the home.
Nothing like a real keyboard
I use all of the different kinds of devices throughout the day and I have to say that nothing beats a real keyboard. While keyboards are available on some of the smaller form factor devices like tablets and even the phone for that matter, they’re still not quite the same. It’s still a tablet with a small keyboard or a phone with an even smaller keyboard. For people trying to do significant content production, the full-sized keyboards that are usually associated with desktop PCs and laptops are the only way to go.
New devices doing different things
I will say that the balance is tipping. Many new devices provide a level of convenience that PCs or laptops never could. For example, laptops are extremely portable, but not in the same way that my smartphone is. I can stick that in a pocket.
These new portable devices have absolutely enabled new types of interactions and activities that simply wouldn’t be feasible with laptops and desktop PCs. That’s great. They’re different devices doing all kinds of things.
And there’s overlap. I can read email on my phone or tablet. But I’ll still come back to my desktop to do a lot of it. I certainly can’t see myself writing articles like this one on anything but a PC or PC-like device for quite some time.
While the number of PCs may go down somewhat and the ratio of PCs to mobile devices may change over time, they will not be going away any time soon. They’re just too darned useful.