Earlier this week at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, the Microsoft COO took some time during his keynote to bash Apple’s claims that we are now computing in a “post-PC” era.
“They’ve talked about it being the ‘post-PC’ era, they talk about the tablet and PC being different, the reality in our world is that we think that’s completely incorrect,” Mr. Turner said.
Mr. Turner believes that rather than being in a “post-PC” era, we are actually computing in a “PC-plus” era.
We actually believe Windows 8 is the new era for the ‘PC-plus’,” said Mr. Turner. “We believe with a single push of a button you can move seamlessly in and out of both worlds. We believe you can have touch, a pen, a mouse, and a keyboard.”
In a 1999 piece that appeared in Forbes magazine Bill Gates predicted this hardware agnostic ecosystem that Mr. Turner describes.
“Bits are agnostic. They dont care how they get where they’re going only that they arrive in the right order and at the right moment,” Mr. Gates wrote. “The ubiquity of bits is already empowering the kind of hybridization that most people have envisioned for consumer electronics these past two decades multifunctional devices such as modern PCs, WebTV, cable modems, and smart phones.”
Mr. Turner finished his speech with a slide comparing the stark contrast between how the former CEO of Apple, the late Steve Jobs, and current CEO Tim Cook view the PC ecosystem.
“The ‘Post-PC’ era has begun,” the slide quotes the late Steve Jobs as saying.
This is contrasted with a statement by Tim Cook that says, “In my view, the Tablet and the PC are different.”