No post-PC era
Pro post-PC era
Best Argument: Pro post-PC era
"Post-PC" is just a buzzword
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.
The PC is dead
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
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.