“Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them. IDC continues to believe that PCs will have an important role in this new era of computing, especially among business users. But for many consumers, a tablet is a simple and elegant solution for core use cases that were previously addressed by the PC.
While Apple has been at the forefront of the tablet revolution, the current market expansion has been increasingly fueled by low-cost Android devices. In 2013, the worldwide average selling price (ASP) for tablets is expected to decline -10.8% to $381. In comparison, the ASP of a PC in 2013 is nearly double that at $635. IDC expects tablet prices to decline further, which will allow vendors to deliver a viable computing experience into the hands of many more people at price points the PC industry has strived to meet for years.”
There it is. One of the greatest observers of the era of the legacy PC now accepts its retirement from the forefront of IT especially on retail shelves. With that goes the domination of Wintel over consumers who now have choice. Unlike IDC, I see choice coming to business PCs sooner rather than later. Price/performance does matter even if portability does not. Businesses may well use more tablets but they will certainly use less of M$’s useless OS. Businesses may not care so much about price/performance but they do care about their competitors gaining an advantage in IT by using */Linux and FLOSS.