Michael Dell talked everything from big data and cloud computing to touchscreen PCs at the Dell World conference yesterday, with the Texan reserving special mention for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and Windows 8.
Talking at the conference, the Dell CEO first dismissed any suggestions of the ‘post-PC’ world, instead insisting that businesses are still using these devices for the bulk of their work.
"As I’ve said, we strongly believe that PCs are important,” said Dell.
“There are about a quarter billion PCs sold every year and the installed base of PCs is about a billion and a half. Overwhelmingly, PCs are how business gets done in the world today.”
"And now with Windows 8, we’re on the cusp of the next revolution of Windows hardware and software, bringing together the laptop and the touch screen."
The latter point was arguably not so surprising given Dell’s gung-ho stance on Windows 8 tablets and PCs, but what proved more enlightening was the company’s attitude to Microsoft’s new operating system in regard to the BYOD trend.
"In the customer conversations that we’ve been having, the interest in Windows 8 is quite high, even with commercial customers, who would normally wait a few releases to adopt the new versions," stated the Dell founder.
"What we’re seeing here is really an immediate need [for Windows 8], because CIOs are worried about the ramifications of a BYOD world.”