According to Bill Gates the traditional personal computer is dying and the mobile revolution is signalling a change to tablets and Metro applications instead of the traditional applications that all computer users are enjoying at the present time. But I believe that the standard computer form factor with a tower case, large screen and keyboard/mouse interface will be with us for a long time yet. We are not going to throw away that hardware for a long time, gaming seriously is best done on a standard computer. Many old games are best played on a desktop PC, the tablets and touch screens are sub-standard gaming platforms. There are just as many PC components being sold as ever, with the new technology available for fabrication of smaller and smaller components allowing 16 Gigabytes of RAM on one module, the future is looking rosy for desktop computing.
The traditional desktop computer has been around for decades and it is silly to imply that it will be replaced by a tablet or surface computing system. Future computers will be using chips with far less power consumption and they will be more efficient than ever, with the future availability of 32 Gigabyte RAM modules and powerful graphics cards we will have access to computing power un-dreamt of today. And Microsoft will still be around, it remains to be seen if they will survive the backlash from the release of the Windows 8 operating system that is premiering the infamous Metro tiles interface. The future will be interesting to say the least.