When IBM launched the PS/2 in early ’80s, the PC started to be “Personal”. Users in corporate environments as well as famillies were now able to own their “computers”.
As R&D was doing an incredible progress, we started to use more and more powerful machines. From Megahertz and KiloBytes we now talk about Gigaherts and TeraBytes. In around 30 years, we jumped exponentially reagarding power, usefullness and usability of computers and other high tech gadgets.
The golden age of PCs ran from 1980 to 2010. During those 30 years, personal computing got powerful and easier. But this period can be divided into 2 phases. First, desktop PCs entered houses and benefited a lot with appearance of Internet and its spreading by end of 90s. From 2000, Laptops started to grow as with the boom of Internet, users as well as home users or professionnal users started to thing mobile. Then mobility became a major concern. Laptops from en of 1st decade of 21st century started to move to the netbook era. With the big intro of Tablets by Apple in 2010, PCs started to decline. Irremediably? not so sure. But what is obvious is that the use of computers is tied with the use of internet now. The world of computers is “connected”. And as we want everything to be instant done, we need mobile devices as well as we need it “small” (even if smatphones are getting bigger and bigger these days).
Now, software vendors as well as most of big players in the computer business are coming with economic models reducing costs and enhancing revenue. Most business softwares are sold online, traning offered online.
Things are changing and the PC is definitely no more useful as it was when internet was not exsisting or not so common and widespread.
But don’t you think computer litteracy is tied to a PC?