Microsoft Maintains Not in Post-PC Age, Windows 8 Tablets Rock

Posted by at 4:59 am on August 21, 2011

Microsoft’s Corporate Communications VP Frank Shaw maintained his defense of Windows again with a blog response to the upheaval of the past few weeks. Trying once more to downplay “post-PC” talk, he argued that PCs not only had some core features that only they could do but that devices like the iPad were losing the advantage. Tablets were just “companions,” and computers were “rapidly and dramatically” improving on what these and other mobile devices were doing, Shaw said.

Elaborating, he also maintained that there was a split between what mobile devices and PCs could do. Both could communicate with others and consume content, but only PCs were doing a good job of creating content and collaborating with others. Those last two tasks were “central to the idea” of a PC, Shaw contended.

The executive criticized journalists and accused them of creating a situation where tablets could only ‘kill’ the PC, not simply act as a complement. The majority of the devices were simply bolstering existing technology, not replacing it. PCs as such were not only alive but young and still had ample room to grow.

“While it’s fun for the digerati to pronounce things dead, and declare we’re post-PC, we think it’s far more accurate to say that the 30-year-old PC isn’t even middle aged yet, and about to take up snowboarding,” according to Shaw.

Most industry analysts, including those at Gartner and IDC, directly attribute the iPad and other tablets for a shrinking PC market across the majority of Windows manufacturers.

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