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Dell CEO claims post-PC era is 'complete nonsense'

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon September 19, 2011

Dell talks HP PC exit and post-PC debate

Michael Dell in an interview Sunday [free reg. required] took a stance that there was no such thing as a post-PC era. In spite of struggling PC sales, he argued to the FT that the PC industry was still growing, particularly in developing countries like China. Smartphones and tablets weren't "necessarily" replacing PCs, and long-term forecasts suggested that would stay the case for years to come, he said.

"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," Dell said. "So when I look at that, I think the idea that the PC is no longer here is complete nonsense."

Gartner just recently cut its PC outlook for 2011 and blamed a large part of this on the iPad and other tablets. Dell is also known for having so far failed to get much traction in mobile, with neither its Android or Windows Phone devices getting more than a small percentage of the market.

Dell was nonetheless thankful for HP's possible exit from PCs, which HP itself attributed to the iPad. The industry veteran believed that a spun-out HP business was an "enormous opportunity" as it would likely kick the resulting company out of the top five. HP was making a mistake since it was cutting itself out of the chain.

"Devices and the hardware still matter as part of the complete, end-to-end solution," he contended.

The company is believed to be working on at least one tablet, the Peju, which could be upgraded to or eventually ship with Windows 8. Dell wouldn't acknowledge plans but did say his company was "very much in line" with Microsoft and would produce devices that took advantage of the "very blurry" distinction between tablets and notebooks after Windows 8.

By Electronista Staff


  1. lamewing

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    PR Spin, nothing more.

  1. drumrobot

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    And what happened to all of the Dell tablets?

  1. facebook_Roland

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    So says the increasingly irrelevant Mr Dell. Maybe he should shut down the company and give the money back to investors. :)

  1. Coruscant

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    Sage Advice

    I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders. - Michael Dell, 1996.

  1. slapppy

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    His POS Streak were selling he would sing a different tune. This is nothing but more BS from DELL.

  1. medelegant

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    Post-PC Era Nonsense?

    Michael Dell's assertion that PCs are not becoming end of life anytime soon sounds vaguely like Kodak executives declaring that silver halide technologies would endure for decades to come in 1995.
    The writing was already on the wall for those who were paying attention with the first Nikons DSLRs coming to market in 1990 for $30,000.
    Apple's QuickTake 100 was the first sub $1000 digital camera in 1994 (as I recall)
    Film sales were already plummeting by 1995 as digital started to take hold. Today, conventional film is reserved for artisans who want to get metol poisoning. (tic)

  1. SockRolid

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    "Post-PC" doesn't mean "no PC"

    Of course there will still be PCs (and Macs). And most of the Wintel PCs might still be running XP.

    But in terms of growth, the traditional PC is stagnant (except for Macs, of course.) All the growth is in mobile, which includes tablets, which means iPad.

    iOS 5 and iCloud will speed up post-PC growth with "PC Free." Activate wirelessly out of the box. Update iOS wirelessly, sync wirelessly with iCloud, and back up / restore wirelessly with iCloud. You can't get more post-PC than that. (So maybe I was wrong: post-PC *does* mean no PC after all.)

  1. kerryb

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    Post Michael Dell

    Dell for the most part has abandoned it consumer customer and makes the bulk of its income from selling beige boxes to faceless corporations. I don't think Dell is wants to admit they know the score and cheapo Asian manufacturers have replaced Dell with better looking and even junkier hardware erasing his cost conscience customers.

  1. JohnFromBeyond

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    hardware only

    >"Devices and the hardware still matter as part of the complete, end-to-end solution," he contended.

    So why doesn't Dell do software then???

  1. ricardogf

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    Well, this from the same "genius" who would prefer to close Apple and give the money back to its shareholders back in 1997...what a moron.

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