Death of the PC?

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Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) fell on Thursday in the wake of a report by IDC that PC sales declined 14% in the first quarter. IDC cited the shift to tablets and smartphones and pointed to a slow start for Windows 8. What do slumping PC sales mean for investors in Microsoft? What does the trend mean for Dell (UNKNOWN: DELL.DL  ) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ  ) ? Is the PC dead? This story, plus a recap of the Dow today, four of the biggest movers and shakers on today's market, and two stocks we'll be watching closely this week.

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  • Report this Comment On April 12, 2013, at 7:44 PM, printandweb100 wrote:

    PC will hardly be obsolete, unless tablets and mobile devices can have the same computing power as their PC counterparts.

    However, that said, there will definitely be a decline in PC sales. Tablets are cheaper devices and easier to read emails. That's enough incentive to opt for a tablet as a secondary computing machine for the home.

  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 5:38 AM, butthead2u wrote:

    Everybody's fascinated with tablets right now (love my surface) but I can't imagine most people not wanting to have one of each form factor.

    For the price I use to pay for a desktop (90's) I can now have a smart phone, tablet and laptop all of which are useful depending on what I'm doing and where I am.

    Remember when most people only had one TV and Telephone in the house? There's no doubt that the PC market is down right now but with the proliferation of mobile devices including PC's, Microsoft's future is nothing but bright!

    Add Skype and Xbox on top of that and your looking at the sun! It amazes me the people don't see something that bright! Microsoft everywhere as Ballmer keeps saying!

  • Report this Comment On May 29, 2013, at 6:49 PM, KiltedMile wrote:

    When the PC dies, how is this going to affect Macs?

    I have an iMac.


    Rik Barnes

    Greenville, North Carolina

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