As smartphones continue to become more powerful and handheld tablet computing gains steam, some say the demise of the dedicated PC is imminent, but don't count Dell among those who would ring the death knell.
"What's converging is the data, not the device," Dell CEO Michael Dell told attendees of the Citrix Synergy user conference in San Francisco during a keynote speech. "It's not clear that one device replaces another."
According to Dell, users are more likely to carry several devices with each one focused on a specific task rather than an all-encompassing gadget.
"Some are better for carrying with you. Others for consuming content, others are better for creating content," Dell added.
In other words, Dell is saying don't expect a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device to eventually become the multi-function computer users gravitate towards for work, communication, social networking, and entertainment all in one.