Depending on whose figures you look at, the PC slump is either drawing to a close, or PC sales have reached their lowest levels in a decade.
The simple fact is, what we define as a PC has changed and when you look at the figures in that new light, the future is starting to look brighter.
Take, for example, Chromebooks.
At present, our usual market share source, Net Applications' doesn't include machines running Chrome OS in its stats. But they're as valid as, say, Linux machines.
And then there's form factor. Yes, the traditional PC paradigm might be dwindling, and tablets reached critical mass some time ago, but the 2-in-1 is flying off the shelves.
The difficulty comes as the lines continue to blur between the traditional form factors. Take Windows 10 for example - Netmarketshare has it at over 25 per cent of desktop computers, but how many of those are two-in-ones or XBoxes or IoT devices? And is it still over 25 per cent when you factor in Chromebooks?
In real terms it means that the analysts are having a rough old time reaching a consensus.
So, on one hand, you've got IDC claiming a 0.6 per cent rise year-on-year, the first time that's happened in five years. But on the other hand, Gartner is saying its dropped by 2.4 per cent, declining to sales levels not seen in ten years.
It all comes down to this - technology is changing. Notebooks and desktops are a small part of a much bigger picture and the landscape is shifting all the time.
We learnt earlier this week that Canonical has abandoned plans for its Unity interface that would have enabled Ubuntu to run simultaneously as a phone and, when plugged in to a keyboard and monitor, as a full PC.
How the heck do you classify that? Ubuntu may be out of the game, but Microsoft is still banging on about Windows 10 Continuum, which we're told is just an ARM-to-Intel emulation away; while Android variant Remix OS is set to launch Remix Singularity, an alternative ROM for existing mobile devices that turns them into hybrids.
The people at the top want answers about the direction of the industry.
But the answers are not black and white any more and so, whatever way you look at it, take it with a pinch of salt. And pepper. And a squeeze of lime. And some ketchup. And jalapenos.
Or maybe it would be more appropriate to find some sort of relish that combines them into one amorphous blob.
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