IS THIS THE RENAISSANCE OF THE PC?
Apps Unveiled|December 2020
Around the year 2000, the term “tablet PC” was coined. Ten years later, in 2010, we saw the first headline – “The PC Officially Died Today”1 – and a near decade long debate began, with most tech pundits convinced that the PC would be extinct by 2020.
Sam Burd

Fast forward to today and the narrative has changed. Worldwide PC shipments increased 17.1% Y/Y in 3Q20 while smartphone shipments are projected to decline 1.3% Y/Y in the same quarter.2 While the PC has always helped us connect, collaborate and communicate, 2020 has proven the value it brings to our lives more than any other time I can remember. This is a popular opinion – nearly everyone will agree – but I’d take it a step further. I believe we’re witnessing the renaissance of the PC. Not a resurgence, as that would imply a period of little activity, but a renaissance. An entirely new way to think about something.

We’ve been designing innovative PCs that can help you “work from anywhere” for years, but we’ve been given a rare opportunity to step back, rethink and use this time as a catalyst for positive, innovative change.

IT TEAMS MAY NEVER TOUCH THE PC

It’s mind-boggling what IT teams have accomplished this year. Digital transformation initiatives went from multi-year projects to turn on like a light switch in a matter of days.

We, at Dell Technologies, have always put the needs of people at our core, with support available at every stage of a company’s journey to provide a productive and connected digital workforce. With solutions like Unified Workspace, we provide ready-to-work PC experiences for employees, regardless of location. Our approach protects from security vulnerabilities, lightens and automates workloads, provides management options from DIY to managed-for-you and provides support for the unexpected.

But how does this evolve in our renaissance phase? Think of PCs that self-heal to keep you working instead of looking for help. Think how the combination of AI, analytics, the cloud, and improved connectivity will make remote management of PCs a breeze. And how the promise of predictive maintenance means problems fix themselves before they manifest.

A future where IT never physically touches a PC again? That’s a revival that could benefit us all.

WITH AI, PC NOW STANDS FOR PERSONAL COMPANION

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