Like tablet, like laptop
By R. Krishna
Sunday, September 2, 2012
The laptop is in danger of becoming redundant. It s not
like we don t need it at home. But we check our mails and
tweets on our smartphones, browse websites, play games
and watch YouTube videos on our tablets. The laptop,
well, is meant for transferring data to these devices.
And does it really matter whether it has 3GB RAM or 4GB
to do that?
The tablet s allure is already hurting laptop
manufacturers. Just this week, HP and Dell announced poor
third quarter results due to falling PC sales. But two
other companies stand to lose more than anyone else:
Intel, which makes the chips that laptops run on, and
Microsoft, which has made its fortune selling operating
But the two giants are fighting back. Both in terms of
hardware and software, the laptop is undergoing a
reinvention of sorts. And a bulk of the inspiration for
the redesign comes from tablets and smartphones. What
began with the launch of ultrabooks last year, will
culminate on October 26, when Microsoft launches Windows 8.
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi