The PC community has already begun rallying around Gordon’s impassioned “Post PC My Ass” blog post from last week. Galvanized by his trenchant outburst against all the silly post-PC era talk out there, Michael Dell recently rubbished the whole idea of the still ubiquitous PC being on its deathbed in an interview with the Financial Times. However, for some odd reason, Mr Dell neither said what inspired his latest comments - which we strongly believe to be our Senior Editor’s highly affecting piece - nor leave any hints to that effect.
“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,” Dell told the Financial Times.
“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.”
He believes that going forward most of the growth in the PC market will be on account of emerging markets like China. Mr Dell seems to be quite confident of his company’s chances in such a market where growth is driven by countries like China due to its current presence there. He pointed out that almost “60 per cent of the Chinese internet runs on Dell.”
While rejecting the possibility of Dell acquiring HP’s PC business, he said that this “presents an enormous opportunity for us and you can be sure we are going to seize it.”