Menu
Acer's CEO is just the latest victim of the PC industry's struggles

Acer's CEO is just the latest victim of the PC industry's struggles

Yet another CEO of a major PC player has been shown the door. The times appear dark, but the future of computing has never been brighter.

The PC industry's hemorrhaging continued on Tuesday, as Acer announced that it lost nearly half a billion dollars in the last three months - an utter disaster that prompted the company to boot CEO J.T. Wang out the door, along with 7 percent of Acer's staff.

Financial statements and personnel shuffling is usually enough to induce a boredom-induced coma, but Acer's troubles drive home just how much turmoil the PC industry is in with the en masse shift to "good enough" computing.

Since the iPad's launch in 2010, PC sales have tanked; Dell has gone private in order to reshuffle its business away from the eyeballs of investors; HP considered ditching its PC business entirely, at a time when its PC business was the largest in the land; Lenovo, the new largest PC maker in the land, sells more mobile devices than proper computers; AMD has shifted focus to crafting custom processors for large businesses; Windows 8, the device-spanning would-be savior in a many-screened world, landed with a thud (Don't even get me started on Windows RT); and users view PCs as little more than microwaves.

Even the cornerstones of the old Wintel hegemony are wavering. Both Intel and Microsoft have replaced their long-tenured CEOs, as each company shifts their respectivetunes to sweet songs about mobile-friendly futures.

The times indeed appear dark for traditional PC companies.

Signs of hope

But that doesn't mean there isn't light at the end of the tunnel.

For one thing, while shipments have plummeted from their high-water mark of just a few years back, the industry is still on pace to sell more than 300 million units this year--far more than tablets. Sure, sales for the two form factors will converge down the line, and the bleeding is still far from over, but the PC's rate of decline is already showing signs of slowing.

"The PC industry may be slowing, but it's certainly not dead," Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, told PCWorld earlier this year.

Moreover, the tides of change have resulted in a much-needed shake-up for the computer industry.

Cheap, good enough devices have never been more abundant. (Some) high-end laptops are finally focusing on the overall user experience, rather than just speeds and feeds. We're also witnessing a wave of nigh-unprecedented experimentation, as PC makers turn to Android and ChromeOS and laptop-tablet hybrids and itty-bitty desktops and ginormous tablet thingies in a bid to stop the pain.

Heck, the state of computing has never been brighter if you consider tablets to be just another PC form factor--which I do.

Yes, folks, the times are a-changing, and the very nature of computing is a-changing along with them. Not everyone will make it through the transition; the PC industry of yesterday will not be the PC industry of tomorrow. But isn't that always the case?


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags aceranalysisPChardware systemscomputers

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments