Great Debate: Is 'post PC era' bunk or legit?

Moderated by Lawrence Dignan | September 12, 2011 -- 08:27 GMT (01:27 PDT)

Summary: Zack Whittaker and Jason Perlow debate whether the post-PC era is reality or hype.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker

No post-PC era

or

Pro post-PC era

Jason Perlow

Jason Perlow

Best Argument: Pro post-PC era

Closing Statements

"Post-PC" is just a buzzword

Zack Whittaker

Definition means everything. We're still living in a world where the PC is vital for survival. Netbooks are filling a logical void, and tablets may be the natural evolution of what the PC is becoming. But post-PC tablets will wear out soon, once the world gets bored of the latest technological fashion trend.

Forget the post-PC era, or even the newly coined post-post-PC era coming out of the Microsoft BUILD conference. It's nothing short of buzzwords to fill a marketing void we have finally succumbed to, after years of traditional, boring PCs. 
 
Tablets are only good for one thing: browsing. PCs are needed to keep the world spinning and business turning. Without the PC, including desktops, laptops and Macs -- the crucial common factor being the QWERTY-keyboard -- productivity would not exist.
 
The iPad may have changed the tablet world, but the tablet world has not changed the PC era.

The PC is dead

Jason Perlow

The traditional personal computing experience of having a mouse, a keyboard and a GUI isn't not going away. But the x86-based Wintel PC will soon be extinct.

The ARM architecture, which runs at the core of the iPad and Android tablets and every major smartphone platform, is  a target for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8. So even from Redmond's perspective, the x86 is entering its final years as a viable personal computing platform. Microsoft says Samsung -- and other manufacturers -- are going to build RDSH clients into their monitors. In fact, Windows 8 is likely to be more popular in VDI and tablets than on PCs.

The platform delivering our personal computing experience in the next decade will bear no resemblance whatsoever to the PC we are using right now.

Personal computing is not dead. But the PC IS dead.

 

The verdict is in and my judgment goes against the crowd

Lawrence Dignan

Jason Perlow is the winner in what was a tight debate. I ranked each answer from the debaters and gave Perlow a very slight edge. Yes, the post PC era lingo boils down to marketing, but mobility ultimately changes the equation. The next generation will look at the traditional PC set-up and go "huh?" Your friendly neighborhood 4-year-old already goes to a TV, touches the screen and wonders why nothing moves. Personal computing won't go away, but the PC needs some reinvention stat. One wild card may be that tablets at some future date are called PCs.

Talkback

271 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • RE: The Great Debate: Is 'post PC era' bunk or legit?

    post PC era is LEGIT.
    rcnystrom9
    Reply Vote I'm for Pro post-PC era
    • superflous

      @rcnystrom9
      steve jobs already said what is to say about this:
      "PCs are going to be like trucks, they are still going to be around. However only one out of 10 people will need them."
      bannedfromzdnetagainandagain
      Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: The Great Debate: Is 'post PC era' bunk or legit?

        @bannedfromzdnetagainandagain makes a lot of sense.
        pupkin_z
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • it's not a post pc era........

        @bannedfromzdnetagainandagain..........he may not be right all time........what do you think about windows at enterprise lable??????
        noor2122
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: The Great Debate: Is 'post PC era' bunk or legit?

        @bannedfromzdnetagainandagain

        I agree however i am not sure if 1 out of 10 is accurate but i guess we will see. One of my main issues with Apple i have several is that when/if you have an ipad device the first thing you have to do is connect it to a pc/mac to do the inital setup and going forward to update IOS etc... I do not understand Apple's logic here why not make the device so that we i remove it from the box and turn it on i can set it up without having to have a pc/mac to connect it to this does not make sense to me.
        MLHACK
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: The Great Debate: Is 'post PC era' bunk or legit?

        @bannedfromzdnetagainandagain
        Well! As long as your guru has spoken from the mount, I guess we should close this debate.
        archetuthus
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: The Great Debate: Is 'post PC era' bunk or legit?

        @bannedfromzdnetagainandagain

        strange , trucks came after cars not the other way around.
        evilcartman
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: The Great Debate: Is 'post PC era' bunk or legit?

        @bannedfromzdnetagainandagain is totally wrong. there is alot that tablets can not do and never will be able to do. And when you live outside a major city where 98% of Americans do. Internet because much slower and larges areas were 1mps down is the norm.
        rparker009
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: The Great Debate: Is 'post PC era' bunk or legit?

        @bannedfromzdnetagainandagain
        Lol except even with gas prices today 6 out of 10 vehicles sold are truck or truck cross over platform vehicles which means in relation to this topic the pc will remain king for a lonnggg lonnggg time.
        Fletchguy
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided
      • RE: The Great Debate: Is 'post PC era' bunk or legit?

        @bannedfromzdnetagainandagain

        [i]"steve jobs already said what is to say about this"[/i]

        Funny, for the last, what, 10 years he's been trying differentiate the Mac from a PC? [i]There was a whole marketing campaign about it[/i]

        Now that Apple has a new bill of goods to sell you (iPad, iCloud, and content), all of the sudden Macs can be called PCs again. In his introduction of iCloud, SJ even said himself the Mac was a PC, and we're in a post-pc era.

        Even more funny is the device Apple would like to have replace the PC, the iPad, still requires to be hooked up to a PC for activation.

        So, I guess from Steve Jobs' analogy you like so much: Everyone has to own a truck, or borrow a truck before they can drive the car they bought?
        UrNotPayingAttention
        Reply Vote I'm Undecided