“The idea of ‘the death of the PC’ is just that — it’s an idea,” Matt Baxter-Reynolds writes for ZDNet. “It’s a hook that, if you believe in it (and I do), it can be quite informative about what seems to be happening to the PC industry, and the wider computer industry in which it sits.”
“I don’t think the PC is dying in a literal sense. The PC is stonkingly good at the things that it does well. But I’m a technologist — I’ve been using PCs since I was twelve years old and I like the power and flexibility,” Baxter-Reynolds writes. “But most people do not like the complexity that comes with power and flexibility. Some people just want to give their parents a box that lets them have a video call with the grandkids from time-to-time, and don’t want to have to futz around configuring anti-virus software.”
Baxter-Reynolds writes, “Microsoft needs to abandon Windows on Consumerland tablets and get Nokia to build a 8″ Windows Phone based tablet running on Windows Phone 8. This lines up with how Apple and Google build their post-PC operating systems. It would also technically be ridiculously easy to do. Good prototypes of such things I am willing to guarantee exist in a lab somewhere. But for Microsoft to make this happen, they’ll have to admit one thing. Namely that Windows as a post-PC operating system is dead.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Windows started to die the day Steve Jobs pulled the first iPhone out of his pocket.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]
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