The rise of the tablets and slump of the PC

Hewlett-Packard (HP) the world’s largest seller of PC’s, confirmed it is looking to sell off its personal computing business.  It also plans to stop selling its tablets and phones, in order to refocus on software. Should HP find a buyer for its PC divisions its following steps taking by IBM in 2004, which decided that the low-margin PC business wasn’t worth pursuing.

The rise of alternatives to traditional PCs, tablets, grows from strength to strength. Whilst critics dubbed the iPad little more than “a big screen iPod touch”, Apple sold 9 million units this year and 15 million last year.

There will still be significant numbers of PCs sold worldwide for several years because people will still need PCs for certain tasks. But it’s very clear that many of the habits we associate with personal computers can be carried out with a decent-sized touchscreen and a good internet connection. So while the era of the primacy of personal computers in their traditional form is fading, they are not disappearing entirely. They’re instead taking a different form.

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