On June 4, 2010, I asked the TechRepublic Windows Blog readers this question:
The question stemmed directly from quotes from Steve Jobs, who claimed the era of the PC was at its end, and Steve Ballmer, who said PC sales were strong and growing. I, for one, think there are situations where a tablet device makes sense, just as there are situations where a PC with keyboard and mouse are preferable.
As a follow-up to that poll, on July 9, 2010, I used a Barclays study that suggested tablets would reduce PC sales in 2011, to ask this question:
The results from both polls, displayed below, leave little doubt that TechRepublic members reading the Windows Blog do not believe the tablet PC is going to completely displace the keyboard-equipped PC anytime soon. However, being the practical information technology professionals that they are, many believe the tablet PC has its place. In general, the members are living by the general rule that serves them so well in so many ways: Use the right tool for the job.
Have you got an opinion on this topic? Do you believe that the tablet PC is the future and the keyboard is on the way out? Or do you think the declaration that one form of computing device is replacing another is merely speculation and hype that ignores what is really important: getting work done?
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.