Dell Mulling Entry Into Wearable Computing Market

Pulkit Chandna

PC giant is currently ‘exploring ideas’

Dell’s CEO Michael Dell is convinced that if the ailing PC giant is to embark on the long, hard road to recovery, it needs to go private and use the ensuing absence of market scrutiny to freely shift its focus to enterprise products, cloud computing and smart devices. While the fate of Michael Dell’s massive $24.4 billion proposed buyout offer still hangs in the balance, the likes of Sam Burd, Dell's global vice-president of personal computing, are eagerly looking forward to the “transformation.”

Burd told the UK’s Guardian that the company is quite keen on venturing into the world of wearable computers , an incipient market that is currently headlined by Google’s Glass head-mounted system, which itself is a $1500 prototype. The wearable computer market is set to explode in the near future, with many big names likely to launch head-mounted displays and smart watches of their own.

Despite insisting that the PC business is still important to his company, Burd underlined the need for transformation. "The view is that we can get ourselves out of the quarterly reporting process [by going private] where you can't make hard decisions to speed up that transformation."

"Looking ahead five years, we expect devices and form factors to continue to change. There will still be a need for 'static' computing on desktops, but there will be a real need for mobile devices,” he told the Guardian. “There's a lot of discussion about how that fits into wearable devices like we've seen with Google Glass and watches. We're looking at a world of lots of connected devices.”

On the poor adoption of Windows 8 and tablets running the OS among businesses, he had this to say: "Businesses are slow to adopt a new operating system. But tablets really need Windows 8 to sell well. Still, it is encouraging to see some businesses deploying Windows 8 and tablets. It's going to take some time, and the jury is still out. IDC's numbers says that Windows 8 on tablets is still far smaller than the iPad, but there are successes. Maybe in a few years when we get to Windows 8 tablets being a third or 40% of tablet volume we can feel it's happening. Tablets are definitely an important piece of the computing business."

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