Ray Ozzie, who stepped down as Microsoft’s chief software architect in 2010, has stated:
“People argue about ‘are we in a post-PC world?’. Why are we arguing? Of course we are in a post-PC world. That doesn’t mean the PC dies that just means that the scenarios that we use them in, we stop referring to them as PCs, we refer to them as other things.”
Speaking at the GeekWire conference Mr. Ozzie went on to expand on this point, it is his belief that the future of Microsoft lies with Windows 8.
“If Windows 8 shifts in a form that people really want to buy the product, the company will have a great future,” said Mr. Ozzie to conference attendees. “In any industry, if people look at their own needs, and look at the products and say, ‘I understand why I had it then, and I want something different’, they will not have as good a future. It’s too soon to tell.”
“It’s a world of phones and pads and devices of all kinds, and our interests in general purpose computing — or desktop computing — starts to wane and people start doing the same things and more in other scenarios,” remarked Mr. Ozzie.
Mr. Ozzie is adamant that the end of Microsoft will be a mass uptake of portable, non –Windows devices; its savior would be injecting the Windows ecosystem into this burgeoning market.