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Frank Shaw  (Source: cdn3.sbnation.com)
Microsoft said mobile devices are used just like PCs

A Microsoft executive said that we're not in a post-PC era: iPads and other mobile devices are PCs. 
 
Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft, recently visited the 11th edition of the All Things Digital conference (D11) and said that PCs are still alive and well.
 
In a blog post, Shaw wrote that Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher (both technology columnists for The Wall Street Journal) spoke at D11 about what it means to be in a post-PC era.
 
As Shaw listened to them speak, he noticed that the rest of the room was using a myriad of mobile devices like iPads. But he noted that these iPads and other tablets were being used just like a laptop, with a physical keyboard attached, a network connected, documents being created and tweets being posted.
 
“The form factors are different, but let’s be clear, each is a PC,” wrote Shaw. “Many of those form factors are more mobile, and look different from the traditional desktop PC, but the same core idea drives it – personal in nature, used for work and for play, runs applications, connected to a network… etc. No matter what label you put on them, they are personal computing devices.”
 
Shaw went on to toot Microsoft’s horn a bit, saying that Microsoft has the second highest number of unique visitors to its Internet properties (according to a study by Mary Meeker at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers) and mentioning that the future of television isn’t Apple TV or Google’s TV, but the Xbox.
 
Shaw even addressed Windows Phone, which is trying to compete in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung.
 
“Admittedly, our great competitors in this market, Apple and Samsung primarily, have earned significant share,” wrote Shaw. “But while some want to suggest it’s game over in the smartphone market, Mary’s report makes it clear that it’s about the second inning in a nine-inning game, or about the 15-minute mark in a futbol match. As our recent Windows Phone ad points out, the iPhone and Android aren’t the only options for smartphone purchasers.
 
“And as Michael Stroh pointed out on our Windows Phone Blog, this year, the Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 won Engadget’s Smartphone of the Year prize; Windows Phone 8 swept the mobile OS category in PCMAG’s Reader’s Choice Awards; and Gizmodo concluded the Lumia 920’s camera was tops among smartphones, particularly in low light. And that phone and camera just keep getting better and better.”

Microsoft recently mocked the iPad in a commercial for the ASUS VivoTab Smart 64GB. The commercial pokes fun at the fact that Siri seems to be a "more talking, less doing" sort of assistant that has trouble understanding what you ask it. Meanwhile, a user breezes through several tasks on the VivoTab while Siri attempts to figure out what you want from it. 
 
Shaw concluded that the PC hasn’t gone anywhere. Tablets and other mobile devices, for all intents and purposes, are used the same way as PCs – just more mobile.

Source: TechNet



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RE: convo
By menting on 5/31/2013 3:41:15 PM , Rating: 2
yes it would be called a PC+ or whatever you want to call in your case, but with the power and usefulness of phones these days, it will fall under the umbrella of the PC category.

PC = personal computer. Doesn't mean it won't change forms throughout the years. Doesn't mean it can't ever do more than what people thought it should do. Doesn't mean it won't have overlap with other forms of electronics.


RE: convo
By Mitch101 on 5/31/2013 4:44:34 PM , Rating: 3
My one Computer is used by more than on Person so its not personal. Does that make it a Whore C?


RE: convo
By Camikazi on 6/2/2013 4:49:26 PM , Rating: 2
You have the ability to make multiple individual personal accounts with passwords on one computer so yes it is still a personal computer.


RE: convo
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2013 9:14:52 PM , Rating: 2
You people are being too literal. By your logic a graphing calculator is a "PC". Hey it's personal, and it computes right?

For the better part of 30 years "personal computer" has meant more than simply a device you personally own that acts as a computer. It's a x86 CPU desktop form factor PC or laptop. Hell Mac's weren't even called "PC's" until they adopted Intel hardware.

Productivity factors into the definition as well. Which is why we have PC's, workstations, and servers etc etc. Now these can all basically be PC's, but can be specialized and purpose built. So they're termed thusly. However tablets and smartphones have basically zero productivity potential in the real world. Personal computers? I think not.

If people want to go around calling smartphones and tablets "PC's", well that's just rubbish. By that definition MP3 players and a whole host of other electronic devices are "PC's" too!


RE: convo
By BRB29 on 6/3/2013 7:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
No it wouldn't. I don't understand why people are so ready to hate here. First of all, I was making a joke referencing MS Metro UI forcing users to adapt to the tablet world.

It's 2013. The definition of PC has evolved even though the wording has not changed. When you look at PC sales, shipments, etc... you automatically know it does not include tablets and smartphones. The industry created "PC", and it never included smartphones and tablets in it. It wasn't long ago that PC excludes Macs.

I really don't know if people are stubborn or just want to be a know-it-all prick online picking on a technicality. Forums are filled with extremely racist comments, extreme political views, crazy behaviors and rudeness at an unseen levels. Does the protection of the internet bring out the worst of people?


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