Desktop computer may not be dead yet

16 Sep 2010

Dell’s global business boss is responsible for almost half of the computer giant’s $15bn-a-quarter revenues.

Despite Dell launching its own iPad competitor, the Streak, an Android-based tablet computer that incidentally makes phone calls, the head of Dell’s consumer and SMB divisions Steve Felice thinks it’s still too early to sound the death knell for desktop computers.

The reason I bring it up is there have been varying predictions that the desktop PC will be irrelevant within a few years. Why? Because of the rise and rise of the $100bn-a-year smartphone business, the fact that more people buy notebooks and, no doubt, the hype around devices like the iPad, why do people still need desktops?

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years