Although the PC isn't disappearing anytime soon, it may as well be the deranged grandmother locked away within Intel's attic, whose faint screams are ignored in the rooms below.
Indeed, Intel's newly minted chief executive, Brian Krzanich, didn't even mention notebooks, let alone the desktop PC, in his prepared remarks during INtel's recently quarterly earnings call. And the only mention he made of the personal computer was a mea culpa: "We were slow to respond to the ultramobile PC trend," he said, admitting that part of Intel's job was to scan for trends and react to them.
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Krzanich has an excuse: he's been on the job for just two months, taking over for Intel's prior chief executive, Paul Otellini. As analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights noted, Intel was bailed out once again by its success in the data center market, where revenue was up 6.1 percent sequentially and flat year-over-year in Intel's second-quarter earnings, that it reported on Wednesday. But sales within the PC Client group plunged 7.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago, representative of the continuing slide in the PC market.
But Krzanich made clear several things: