HP Or No HP: The PC Lives

Suggestions that the are greatly exaggerated. Flexibility, innovation and users' storage needs will keep it around a good long while.

The signs to the contrary are everywhere, haven't you seen them?

_Hewlett-Packard, the largest computer maker in the world, said Wednesday it's looking to . HP believes its fortunes lie in a business similar to IBM that focuses on supporting large enterprises instead of trying to profit off the razor-thin margins of Pavilion PCs.

_Also recently, Mark Dean, IBM's chief technology officer for the Middle East and Africa and an engineer who worked on the , declared the end of the PC. Dean argued the traditional mouse-and-keyboard computer was going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records and a number of other extinct or outmoded technologies. The IBM exec says he now uses a tablet as his primary computing device.

_Market research firm IDC recently cut its PC growth forecast for 2011 by nearly 3 percentage points from 7.1 to 4.2 percent (IDC and PCWorld are both owned by International Data Group).

Clearly, the PC is dead, right? Well, no.