Michael Dell, founder and CEO of the Dell computer firm has dismissed claims that the technology industry is entering a post-PC era.
Dell believes the PC industry is strong and PC sales will grow thanks to new opportunities and emerging markets like China. In an interview with the Financial Times, Dell claimed that the post-pc era is nonsense. “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,” he said in the interview.
Dell believes that tablets and smartphones aren’t replacing the PC. “We are very distinct from some of our competitors,” says Dell. “We believe the devices and the hardware still matter as part of the complete, end-to-end solution.” Dell also reveals that his company is working “very much in line” with Microsoft’s Windows 8 plans. “The line that separates a tablet and a laptop today will get very blurry and ultimately disappear as you see many new products,” he claims. In a separate interview in August, Dell revealed that he was encouraged by the companies early work on Windows 8 tablets. He also revealed that he feels the tablet market is a two horse race between Android and Windows 8.
Dell has been a long time advocate of Microsoft’s operating systems and has released a number of touch enabled devices. Dell’s Inspiron Duo is a hybrid device that allows users to switch between netbook and tablet modes. The unique netbook has a spinning screen that allows it to be used as a tablet. The company also teased a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet earlier this year. Dell’s tablet plans leaked in February, indicating that the company was planning a Windows 8 based tablet codenamed “Peju” for release in early 2012. Microsoft revealed its full tablet Metro style user interface for Windows 8 at the company’s BUILD conference last week. Microsoft unveiled its vision for the future and the new Metro style apps that will run across x86, x64 and ARM Windows 8 operating systems.
The “post-PC” era message kicked off after Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the company’s iPad 2 device earlier this year. “These are post-PC devices that need to be easier to use than a PC, more intuitive. The hardware and software need to intertwine more than they do on a PC,” said Jobs after claiming Apple had sold 15 million iPad devices in nine months, ”more than every tablet PC ever sold.” Microsoft also rejects the idea of a “post-PC” era of technology. The software giant’s chief of communications, Frank Shaw, revealed the company’s feelings last month. “One should take any reports of the death of the PC with a rather large grain of salt,” said Shaw after claiming that “non-PC” objects aren’t as good at PCs for creating and collaborating.