Microsoft is not buying into Apple’s vision of the post-PC era. Via AllThingsD:
During his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote Wednesday, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said we’re not in the post-PC era, but the PC-plus era.
“I want you to know we believe that Apple has it wrong,” Turner said. “They’ve talked about it being the post-PC era. They talk about how the tablet and the PC are different. And the reality in our world, we think that’s completely incorrect. We actually believe Windows 8 is the new era for the PC plus, and we think that’s very strategic for us going forward. And we believe that you can have a great content consumption and creation device be one and the same. We believe with a single push of a button you can move seamlessly in and out of both worlds. We believe that you can have touch, a pen, and a mouse and a keyboard. We believe you can have end-user security and management.”
“PC-plus” does sound like a term only Microsoft could come up with.
Microsoft’s vision falls apart when they start talking about touch, pens, mice, and keyboards all coalescing into one computer utopia. Combining multiple user interfaces into one product has never worked. Call me skeptical of their assertion that they’ve figured out a way to pull it off.