I am very much of the generation that bridged the world before and after PCs. The University that I attended had a handful of PCs in the whole college and when I first started work in 1992, the only person that had a PC was the financial controller. I didn’t use a PC for my day to day work for a couple of years after that.
Just a few years later however, by the late 90’s I started my first business, Fotango.com, an internet photolab and sharing site. Even then I still didn’t have a laptop until the £4m Venture Capital funds hit the bank.
Since then, PCs have become ubiquitous – they are everywhere. However, PC sales plunged 14 percent in the first three months of this year, the biggest decline in two decades of keeping records.
How can this be? Well the tablet computer like the ipad seems to have disrupted the PC marketplace. A few years ago it would have been impossible to imagine anything slowing the growth of PCs. Indeed, the only person that I know that doesn’t have a PC is my dear old Mum.
BUT….she now has a tablet e-reader! Purchased from a supermarket for less than £50.
Naturally for that price, it’s not a PC, but it does everything most people do on their PCs. The growth of web-based services means that most people, most of the time, simply don’t need a PC, they simply need a device that connects to the internet that runs a web browser.