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sfphoto Post time: 2017-10-20 16:04
Outside of the USA, everybody uses smartphones -- not PCs -- to access the Internet. But Intel fail ...
Consumers use smartphones.
Besides, if PC stands for Personal Computer, what is a cellphone if not a Personal Computer. It used to be (somewhere) that a family had one PC - now every member have their own cellphones. That's much more personal.
When I was a kid, only nerds had computers to play games on. Now playing games is a profession to some, and the surrounding industry for many more. Certainly there are games for mobile devices too, but not every game runs on them. I'd dare to speculate that the number of gaming PCs alone in the world today is bigger than the overal amount of computers a decade or so ago.
Therefore I disagree that PCs are dying. Perhaps not everyone needs them now (if ever did), but I'd guess that the absolute number of those who do is still increasing. Of course in mobile world the relative numbers are increasing much more fast.
However, cloud computing (which the topic was about I think) is mainly for enterprises, and while many of their consumers may use smartphones to acccess their services, the developers (or whatever backoffice staff they have in those enterprises) do not code or work on their smartphones.
PC industry, nobody buys servers anymore because everybody uses the cloud
It's a minor distinction really, whether you buy server hardware to your own building, or rent virtual server from a cloud operator. You still have a server somewhere. What has changed is the model of providing the server service, not the function or need for servers.
The need for servers has actually increased a lot with cloud. Cloud services are running on servers even for applications which previously were running on regular PCs. For example Google provides spreadsheet app on the cloud, that previously would have been running in individual user's PCs as Excel files.