“We are in a post-PC world,” says ex-Microsoft exec

Thursday, 8th March 2012 09:01 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Ex-Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie has admitted the world is now living in a “post-PC world”, but admitted the PC hasn’t outlived its usefulness as yet.

His remarks came just after Apple had announced the next-generation iPad in San Francisco last night.

“People argue about ‘are we in a post-PC world?’. Why are we arguing? Of course we are in a post-PC world,” Ozzie, who took over as Microsoft’s tech visionary after Bill Gates left, said at a technology conference, reported by Retuers.

“That doesn’t mean the PC dies, that just means that the scenarios that we use them in, we stop referring to them as PCs, we refer to them as other things.”

Ozzie’s remarks were his first made in public since he stepped down at Microsoft in 2010. Since then, the company has been preparing the release of Windows 8. Ozzie said how the new OS performs could affect its future.

“If Windows 8 shifts in a form that people really want to buy the product, the company will have a great future,” he said. “In any industry, if people look at their own needs, and look at the products and say, ‘I understand why I had it then, and I want something different’, they will not have as good a future. It’s too soon to tell.”



  1. Badger


    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    If we had been stuck with Vista for much longer, we definitely would be.

    I think it’s pretty obvious that we are “past” the PC though. There are still lots of interesting things going on, but it’s not the frontier it once was. Computing has spread to so many different forms and usually when an interesting new platform emerges, innovation and investment is going to slant in that direction.

    You don’t see a lot of people scrambling to make a newer, better landline phone.

    That isn’t to say that the PC is comparable to landlines, but it’s not inconcievable that it will happen.

    The guy isn’t even talking about gaming. If you look at gaming revenues, the PC tends to do at least as well any other platform per release, if not better.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    Give Microsoft some credit. They tried and failed to kill the PC with Vista and push the planet to its limited little 360.

    Regardless of what Microsoft will attempt to destroy next for the PC gamer, it will live long after we are all gone.

    #3 3 years ago


    This reminds me of when Phil Harrison declared that the PS3 would mean the end of the PC, and that we didn’t need PCs any more, because the PS3 did it all.

    Ohhh, those were the days, eh?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. unacomn

    I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over how impossible it is to get any actual work done on a tablet.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    An iPad is still a Personal Computer, a fairly limited & restricted one but nevertheless, its still a personal computer.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    I think most people would associate the word PC with a tower, just like laptops and tablets are also distinguished.

    PC, Mac, Macbook, Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone. That way people know what you’re actually referring to instead of going with “generic computing macro-group”.

    A pocket calculator is also a personal computer, but generally it doesn’t help communication to refer to it as such.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. GrimRita

    Indeed. Tablets are good for erm, erm….erm….reading a book? They havent even got enough power to charge a vibrator

    #8 3 years ago
  9. absolutezero

    I can’t wait to walk into an office building and see all those programmers sat hunched over tablets.

    Coding must be a blast with a touch screen.

    #9 3 years ago

    In ideal setup is having a tablet with a full operating sysetem that you can easily dock to a full size monitor(s) and m/kb.

    At least with something like this, you can do some basic work/stay connected with one relatively slim and light device while still on the move.

    But until you can put full working versions of the likes of MS Office/Adobe CS/etc on tablets and have them running problem free, there’s no point looking beyond a decent laptop for a PC replacement.

    At the end of the day, all tablets are, are big smartphones without the phone functionality.

    If you want to do much more than play casual games and look at photo’s, you’re struggling.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    Yeah, there’s also an argument to be made in terms of size. It’s easier to stack horsepower if you have the room to spare. In a tiny device, there are far greater restrictions.

    I think it stands to reason that towers will pack far more of a punch, and earlier, than smaller devices.

    People are going to be putting a absurd ammounts of time and money into achieving that ideal setup, though.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Christopher Jack

    @10, Well if you have the cash, there are a few Win7 tablets, priced at over $1K, that are as powerful as an average $500 laptop.

    #12 3 years ago

    Actually, these days I pretty much only work on laptop.

    Hardware went light years ahead of software needs back during the mid 00′s or something. Since then, many class leading software programs are still based on technology from the mid 90′s, but hardware still keeps improving.

    When I first went to uni, we were amazed at being able to use the same SGI workstations that were used for the visual effects in the biggest hollywood films.

    Right now, my laptop is probably about 100 times more powerful than those old things, but I’m still using similar software.

    These days, I think the only thing that you need a tower over a high end laptop for is gaming and intensive video editing.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Christopher Jack

    Laptops aren’t as far behind in power as people like to exaggerate, the only department where they need improvement is with the GPU. My $500 laptop has a processor almost as good as my Core 2 Quad tower but it only has Intel HD graphics which sucks… I think every All in One PCs & HTPCs should be designed with desktop components for upgrading as they’re clearly replacing the traditional towers but don’t have the same roll-over rate as laptop or tablets. Really, most people who buy desktops these days get it custom built for gaming, there’s just not much money involved in it any more.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Stardog

    Since when does anyone listen to the suits at Microsoft?

    They’re out of touch with reality.

    And when you stick a tablet on a keyboard dock it is a PC.

    #15 3 years ago

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