Dell Defends PC Business, Calls Post PC Era Talk "Complete Nonsense"

Michael Dell is exactly what the Windows and Linux community need right now. It doesn't matter if you're not a fan of Dell computers, it's Mr. Dell's message that speaks to computer users far and wide. Consider that Apple is pushing hard into the mobile space with its iPad tablet devices, creating a sector that some analysts claim is cannibalizing the PC market. Smartphones are rocking dual-core processors (and soon quad-core chips), and the world's largest computer maker (HP) wants to sever its PC division, either as a spin-off or packaged with a bow and sold to the highest bidder. While all this is going on, Michael Dell comes out and squashes all the gloom and doom talk as complete and utter nonsense.

"There are a billion a half PCs n the world and while Gartner changes their estimate here and there, they also estimate there will be two billion PCs in the world by 2014. So when I took at that, I think the idea that the PC is no longer here is complete nonsense," Michael Dell told the Financial Times in an interview.

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Mr. Dell insists that tablets and smartphones aren't replacing PCs, and while HP considers going in a different direction, Dell has no such plans to follow suit. It doesn't matter that sales have slowed overall, it's just a matter of where to put the focus at any given time. And right now, Dell sees the most growth taking place in emerging markets, such as China, where Dell notes "around 60 percent of the Chinese Internet runs on Dell."

Dell is currently the second largest PC vendor in the world with a 12.9 percent share of the market. HP still holds the No. 1 spot with 18.1 percent, while Lenovo has vowed to leapfrog ahead of Dell by the end of the year.