Is the trend of tablets starting to fade? Could PCs be seeing a revival? In the past there have been advocates of tablets who had strongly believed that tablets would eventually take over PCs, but according to a recent interview with Re/code, Best Buy’s CEO seems to think otherwise. He seems to think that the tablet boom is crashing and PCs are set for a revival.
According to Hubert Joly, “The tablets boomed and now are crashing. The volume has really gone down in the last several months. But I think the laptop has something of a revival because it’s becoming more versatile. So, with the two-in-ones, you have the opportunity to have both a tablet and laptop, and that’s appealing to students in particular. So you have an evolution. The boundaries are not as well defined as they used to be.”
His answer was in response to being asked on his thoughts about the declining share of PCs quarter after quarter. However Joly offered that as far as Best Buy was concerned, they were seeing a revival of the PC business. He claims that this happened when Microsoft had officially stopped support Windows XP. We’re not sure how that connection works, but perhaps with Windows XP out of the picture, customers had to start looking at newer products, like hybrids running on Windows 8.
However Best Buy is hardly the end all of all retailers, although they are certainly very big, but what do you guys think? Do you agree with Joly that tablets are starting to decline and that perhaps laptops or hybrid devices, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, could be the way of the future?
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