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IBM PC Turns 30 This Week, Future Unclear

PCs are soon going to be outdated and may extinct for good - the same way as typewriters and vinyl records did - claimed one of the engineers who played a crucial role during the earlier stages in the personal computer revolution.

The claim was made by Dr. Mark Dean in a blog post commemorating the 30 year anniversary of the first ever IBM PC. According to Dr. Dean, PCs can no longer be termed as the leading computing platform, and may be soon replaced by newer and more sophisticated technologies.

However, he also made it clear that though no single device has been able to replace PCs so far, it is likely to lose its charm in the hands of socially mediated innovations it fuelled.

“I, personally, have moved beyond the PC as well. My primary computer now is a tablet. When I helped design the PC, I didn’t think I’d live long enough to witness its decline,” Dr Dean wrote in the blog post.

"It's becoming clear that innovation flourishes best not on devices but in the social spaces between them, where people and ideas meet and interact," he added.

Microsoft, it seems, is particularly concerned of the future prospect of the PC as it has yet to make a mark in the burgeoning Tablet or the Smartphone market.