Comes the "post-PC era"

This American company, world leader in the PC market, unveiled on Thursday that studies shed its PC business to find profitable horizons in the field of software services. While this is not a firm decision, the mere announcement sounded like a death certificate for the PC division of the company, which was severely punished in the stock market and seems to be speculating on what the best way to bury appliances. The radical shift from HP reminds the operation performed in 2004 by IBM, software giant responsible for the popularization of personal computers in the eighties and nineties, which transferred all of its computers to China’s Lenovo. global sales figures PC still positive, quarter to quarter but show a slowdown in growth, especially the products of U.S. manufacturers. HP is a situation that has understood that was suitable to sell at his apparent lack of confidence that the refloat, once, thriving business. According to Gartner, the global PC market fell 1.1 percent between January and March 2011 and improved by 2.3 percent between April and June, compared to the same period in 2010, although this increase was more than 4 percentage points lower than expected. In June 2010, Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, had begun to speak of "post-PC era", an idea that has not stopped repeated since.

It is clear that what Jobs aims to sell its products as the iPhone, a device of great commercial success whose shadow has generated a tablet computer market as an alternative to laptops, but the only Apple makes a killing. Since its launch in April 2010, Apple has sold about 25 million iPad, a number that is expected to double by the end of the year, while rivals have only shipped together around 3 million units. To this we add the findings of a recent report by consultancy Robert W. Baird says that 95 percent of the people concerned want a tablet computer iPad, which portends a future as Xoom black tablet, Galaxy Tab or playbook.

Another curious fact is that analysis indicates that after the iPhone, was on intention to purchase the HP TouchPad, a device that was the big bet Hewlett-Packard in 2011 and ended up being the big failure. On Thursday, in addition to report their willingness to get rid of the PC, HP confirmed the interruption of the production of its Web OS devices with OS-like touch pad, a technology acquired by absorbing Palm in 2010 with the aim of settling in the booming mobile devices.

Whether or not Steve Jobs finalizing reason the PC, which seems unlikely at this point is that the tablets will replace personal computers and that this change cycle is a migration of a Windows environment more like Mac, however well run the iPad. Technological change has less to do with the device itself and more about how to access and use of computer services and the redefinition of the programs and applications.

In fact, are "smartphones" and not likely catalyst tablets of this "post-PC era", as they have become the first computer for much of the population. Is the sector where large companies maintain a relentless battle staged in open warfare patents.

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