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Acer founder Shih: US PC companies will disappear within the next 20 years

Apple, HP, Dell?  All dead.  That’s what Acer boss Stan Shih is forecasting for US PC makers in 20 years’ time.

“The trend for low-priced computers will last for the coming years,” said Stan Shih, high tech entrepreneur and founder of the island’s leading personal computer brand according to the Taipei-based Commercial Times newspaper.

“But US computer makers just don’t know how to put such products on the market… US computer brands may disappear over the next 20 years, just like what happened to US television brands.”

Acer passed Dell this year to be the #2 global PC maker and is on track to surpass HP next year.

Do you think the PC will even be around in 20 years?  With the way smartphones and now tablets are progressing, I think 10 years is a long shot.

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