xx_donotuse_-100005833-galleryMichael Dell has reached a crossroads. PC sales are slowing to a crawl as tablets and smartphones capture more consumer dollars every year. What’s the founder and CEO of the third largest PC manufacturer to do?

If you think Dell is ready to give up on the PC, think again. When asked about the so-called post-PC era, he says “the post-PC era has been pretty good for PCs so far,” noting that 380 million PCs were sold in 2011. Nevertheless, as I learned in the course of swapping email messages with Michael Dell for this Q&A, even though Dell may be remaining true to its PC roots, it’s also moving at lightning speed into the future.

Hybrid laptops; Windows 8 tablets; and a Dell-powered ecosystem of networking, storage, security, servers, virtualization, and cloud services define Dell today. That’s a far cry from the Dell that wrote the book on direct-sale PCs and e-commerce back in the 1980s.

Today Dell faces serious challenges. Critics have accused it of missing the mobile revolution (despite its having tested the waters in 2010 with its Dell Streak tablet line). And since the iPhone was launched in 2007, Dell has lost 60 percent of its market value.

So what does Michael Dell have to say about his company today?

PCWorld: Since your return to Dell, you have been redefining the company. Can you tell people what Dell is today and what it will be in five years?

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