‘PCs will not go away in the next five or 10 years’
SINGAPORE — Market researchers International Data Corporation (IDC) last week hammered another nail in the PC coffin. In its latest report, IDC said tablet sales will overtake PCs in the fourth quarter of the year ¬– credited to the Christmas push – but added that full year PC sales will still edge out those of the tablets for this year and next. This trend will change, however, by 2015 when tablets will outsell PCs, with the trend to stay permanent, said IDC.
But Managing Director of Toshiba Singapore Wu Tengguo thinks the PC will not deviate from the role of a core computing device. Speaking with TODAY, Mr Wu said: “The PC will still be the centre of everything, be it for work or home use. Naturally, you will have many other devices to complement your core computing device, depending on your usage, lifestyle, work requirement, home, hobby. But as far as Toshiba is concerned, we don’t think that computing device will peter out.”
Even as the company pushes through with an e-learning app that resides on the cloud, it will not abandon their core business of making mobile PCs, said Mr Wu. “Toshiba has been in the PC business for the last 20 to 30 years. That will not change.”
People are not ready to give up their PCs yet. “There are certain things we can’t do without at this moment. One is the keyboard and the other is the screen. The keyboard has been in existence since the PC was invented and it is still here.
“Screens may get thinner and thinner but they will not disappear,” added Mr Wu.
Mr Wu attributes the success of the tablet to their extreme lightweight, instant-on and always-connected features but said they also have limitations. It cannot accommodate more powerful processors because then it will draw down on the battery. And, like it or not, there are a lot of applications today that still needs to run on Windows.
“At best, what the tablet has done now is replace some of those unique usage models for some PC users. Whenever I travel, I see people removing their laptops, tablets from their bags to run them through the scanners. Some have their smartphones with the big screens, but many will have PCs.
“It’s very hard to find someone who doesn’t need a PC or a laptop. I don’t think it is going away in the next five or 10 years,” Mr Wu shared.
As a major manufacturer of electronic goods from laptops to desktop PCs, tablets to external harddrives, and even appliances such as refrigerators, Toshiba does not have too much to fret over.