While earlier reports of the death of the PC have proven to be greatly exaggerated, this time, it is a top IBM executive that is proclaiming its death knell ? despite being the company that, arguably, started the PC revolution when it launched the IBM Personal Computer in 1981.
Paul Horn, senior vice president of IBM Research, told an audience in New York, today: "After more than 15 years as the center of the computing universe, the PC is about to give way to a new breed of hand-held and embedded device that will dramatically change the way people communicate and share information."
He added: "The era of the PC as king is over. We are entering an era of ?pervasive computing? in which we will see a dramatic increase in the use of the application-specific hand-held and embedded devices to conduct e-business and simplify our lives."
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