IDC’s recent report stated that PC shipments declined 13.9% last quarter, the worst since IDC has been tracking PCs. It says a lot about the state of the PC industry.

The role PCs are playing in people’s lives is changing, and the growing demand for tablets and smartphones has taken its toll on the PC market. Last week my son Ben, in his column for TIME Tech entitled “The iPad-Sized Nail in the PC’s Coffin” laid much of the blame on the iPad for deflating PC sales. Ben also made the point that people are either keeping their current PCs longer or if they buy a new PC or laptop, they buy cheaper models because they are “good enough” to use for any computing needs that can’t accomplished on a tablet.

But is the PC really dead? And if not, how will PC vendors respond to this challenge…

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