Right, "cloud computing" and the demise of the PC...
So many adversaries of the PC have forecasted such an event. Still, their forecasts and dates have failed time after time.
Just to mention a few...
1995 October 30 - Lou Gerstner does have a vision: Network-centric computing
Gerstner said: "One of the great things about this industry is that every decade or so, you get a chance to redefine the playing field. We're in that phase of redefinition right now, and winners or losers are going to emerge from it."
1995 November 27 - Doubts About the Fantasy of a $500 'Network PC'
Eric Schmidt said: "They will exist and they will be very successful, and not just from Sun and Oracle. The price points are going to be pretty low, and they'll look more like consumer electronics. The device will have the processing power of a PC; it just doesn't have all that other stuff."
1996 October 30 - The JavaStation: Network computing enters new era
Scott McNealy said: "Take the money you'll save from not having to invest in another mainframe, from not spending on the Year 2000 [problem], and not having to upgrade your desktop PCs, and put it into the Java-computing model. It's the right architectural choice for your ROI."
1997, March 11 - IBM, Oracle, Sun, And Netscape Collaborate On Standards For Network Computing
1998 December 08 - AT&T to Acquire IBM's Global Network Business for $5 Billion
From the press release: "The IBM Global Network business AT&T will acquire serves the networking needs of several hundred large global companies, tens of thousands of mid-sized businesses and more than 1 million individual Internet users in 59 countries."
1999 January 14 - Welcome to the Post-PC Era
Paul M. Horn, senior vice president of IBM Research, said "The era of the PC as king is over. We are entering an era of 'pervasive computing' in which we will see a dramatic increase in the use of application- specific hand-held and embedded devices to conduct e-business and simplify our lives."
1999 March 25 - IBM PC unit loses $992M - Big Blue CEO Gerstner declares end of PC era
Gerstner's quote: "... the PC's reign as the driver of customer buying decisions and the primary platform for application development is over. In all those respects, it has been supplanted by the network."
2002 June 03 - Hitachi and IBM Reach Definitive Agreement on Hard Disk Drive Operations
From the press release: "Hitachi has agreed to purchase the majority of IBM's HDD-related assets for $2.05 billion, which includes the transfer of IBM's HDD-related intellectual property portfolio to the new organization. Hitachi will initially own 70 percent of this new company and will make a series of fixed payments to IBM before assuming full ownership after three years."
2004 December 7 - Lenovo to Acquire IBM Personal Computing Division
2007 October 8 - Google and I.B.M. Join in 'Cloud Computing'
And we're still waiting for the demise of the PC!