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PC makers look towards non-traditional products

Posted: 19 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PC? Microsoft? IT? Tablet PCs? Internet terminals?

PC manufacturers and Microsoft are looking for new ways to expand their markets in preparation for the possibility of plummeting PC prices and revenues due to a slow worldwide economy, a continued decrease in IT spending and a lag in consumer purchases, conveys In-Stat/MDR in its report entitled "PC Tablets, Internet Terminals & Mira Displays: Beyond the Traditional PC."

In-Stat says that in the PC industry's effort to offer non-traditional products that combine the functionality of a PC with the convenience of mobility, this industry is focusing its efforts on products like tablet PCs, Internet terminals and Mira displays.

In relation to this, In-Stat reports that Internet terminals have reached a low point in 2002, with most of the initial products introduced by the likes of Compaq, Sony, and 3Com, already off the market. Terminals are expected to show modest growth through 2006, by targeting vertical markets, as well as niche business applications.

Meanwhile, tablet PCs are viewed by In-Stat as a promising technology coming into the market at a bad time. Over-investment in technology has made the medium to large corporations that are the target markets of tablet PCs wary of large new IT investments. In addition, the tablet PC will require the user to transition from keyboarding to pen input, a radical change in the way people work. These are seen by In-Stat as factors to lead to slow initial uptake in this market but with more rapid growth possibilities to come by the 2005 to 2006 timeframe.

Mira Displays, on the other hand, being an interesting concept that combines the PC with the Web Tablet, do not possess enough features (i.e. Web browsing, e-mail, and the ability to view PC file) to convince consumers to buy this product, according to In-Stat. However, multimedia applications such as video streaming, which should be available in the second generation Mira Displays by early 2004, are predicted to be applications which may convince consumers to take a more serious look at this product.

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