Google says desktop PC is three years from ‘irrelevance’. Google Europe boss John Herlihy told a “baffled” conference audience that very soon the smartphone will completely eclipse the desktop. “In three years time, desktops will be irrelevant,” he said. “In Japan, most research is done today on smart phones, not PCs.” Herlihy was trying to say that Google’s number one concern is now the mobile market.
For companies the number one concern is now the mobile market because mobile makes the world’s information universally accessible. This will create new opportunities for new entrepreneurs to create new business models – ubiquity first, revenue later. This is an interesting market.
PC will not be not irrelevant any time soon. At last month’s Mobile World Conference in Barcelona Eric Schmidt did not say that the desktop PC would be irrelevant in three years. The PC market might not be increasing at great rate, but is is not declining. I would expect that the PC will (in for or another) continue to be well for a long time. There has been many cases where PC has been said to be deaf because of different new things, and for some reason PC technology has survived almost 30 years on the market. PC will not go anytime soon. PC will be relevant for long time. PC will adapt over the time to form that is needed. PC is a flexible product that will live for long time.