Originally Posted by nicolbolas
Thats not the point.... the point is that the PC is not going away, instead PC's are being supplemented by tablets.
MS is right... its simple, tell me what "PC" stands for.... now tell me what a tablet is... or are tablets not personal?
What "PC" stands for is not the point -- it's just a name that happened to stick at the time. Of course tablets are personal -- more personal than "PC"s. Or do you think "PostModern" people aren't really modern with a small 'm', but kind of primitive? (well, now that I mention it, ....hmmm? ;) )
The idea behind the name "personal computer" might have been to denote that one person sat at it, at a desk, to operate it, if not to own it. But they haven't really reached penetration levels of one per person; they are usually shared, such as between members of a household. PostPC devices will however easily reach penetration of one per person for much of the world, if not more than one per person (I have both an iPod touch and an iPad, while I share my Mac with my family). They are more personal because of the way you create, publish, carry and share your own data where ever you go, repurposing it in ever more unique ways.
No, the PC is not going away; but I would contend that, actually, PostPC devices will be supplemented by PCs. A subtle difference, but a difference nevertheless, and one that symbolizes the "PostPC" era. For many young people, this is already a reality. This is the difference that is lost on MS. It thinks it can automatically catch up and recapture this divide just by slapping the word "Windows" on everything; thereby denying there is any such notion as "PostPC", or negating it if it catches hold.
However, MS tacitly begins to acknowledge the notion when it creates Metro and mumbles, that OK, maybe, just maybe there are people who would go for some kind of ultra portable device which kinda sorta resembles a tablet if we get to add a built-in keyboard, a stylus and call it Surface for Windows RT. Only, that scares them because they know they can't compete with Apple in the touch/ARM sphere and have to push everyone toward the "full" Windows experience which is declining in sales precisely because of this PostPC phenomenon no one wants to acknowledge. Vicious circle, or what?
So, Apple is right. And, no, it's not simple. Because, for one thing, if everything's really a PC after all, then the iPad really, really does need to be counted in computer sales by any and every reckoning, and not just in order to logically anticipate business opportunities for computer companies who are bent on denying it to their own detriment. So, as Gruber said, "MS is caught between a rock and a hardware".
Edited by krabbelen - 7/12/12 at 7:29pm