"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.
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
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.