Apple executives such as the late Steve Jobs and its current CEO Tim Cook have said in separate Apple press events that we are living in a "post-PC" world. The implication is that desktop and notebook PCs, most of which use Microsoft's Windows operating systems, are becoming less and less important.
Today, in a speech at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, its chief operating officer Kevin Turner disputed those previous comments from Apple execs. He told the audience in Toronto that we are actually living in a "PC plus" time period.
According to The Verge, Turner said that while "Apple makes great hardware," he added:
We believe that Apple has it wrong. They've talked about it being the post-PC era, they talk about the tablet and PC being different, the reality in our world is that we think that's completely incorrect.
Naturally, Turner said that the launch of Windows 8 later this year will help people move into this new "PC plus" era, saying, "We believe with a single push of a button you can move seamlessly in and out of both worlds. We believe you can have touch, a pen, a mouse, and a keyboard." Certainly, the launch of Windows 8 and its tablet-centric first cousin Windows RT will represent Microsoft's ideas for this PC plus era.
Source: The Verge