“The PC has not changed as consumers and users have changed their habits,” he said.
“One thing the PC makers have not done over the last few years is make products that are innovative in terms of compelling features and novel form factors.”
“There’s the need for a fundamental re-think of how we make these gadgets compelling.”
see BBC – Shut Down: Does the PC have a future?
In other words, is the PC industry meeting the needs of consumers or merely pushing products? Since more ARMed smart thingies were sold this year than PCs, I would argue that the PC industry has merely been pushing products: Wintel and graphics cards, things that people can do without if they have good alternatives like ARMed smart thingies that are fast enough, small enough and cheap enough. The world does not owe Wintel a living. Wintel has to earn it. Making ever more powerful CPUs because you can and making ever more complex software because you can is not enough to earn a living. Products have to be relevant.
The OEMs have bought into Wintel as if there was no other way to go. The retailers have bought into Wintel as if there was no other way to go. Even M$ has repeated the lie that there is no other way to go so often that it has poisoned its own well. While M$ takes another year to produce a product that might interest consumers, Google and its partners are cranking out millions of systems that are meeting needs and fit in pockets.