When IBM announced in 2004 it was selling its PC business, it sent shock waves around the industry. When HP announced in 2011 that it would do so, too, it was a surprise decision (and one that later was reversed).
But Wednesday night, when ailing Sony announced its own plans to sell its PC business to Japan Industrial Partners, the idea has become almost mundane.
Why so? Because the personal computer has ceased being the star attraction in people's computing lives. Now it's just one of a cast of characters, and that makes it expendable in Sony's … Read more