Microsoft's newest infographic tracks the evolution of the IT employee

Microsoft clearly loves infographics. Just this past week, the company has used the combination of data and illustration to showcase the low light camera features of the Nokia Lumia 928 and how many people would really like to have access to social networks at work.

On Friday, Microsoft's Server and Cloud blog posted up a huge infographic, shown below, that is designed to showcase how the role of the IT worker has changed since the start of the personal computer era of the 1970s. Back then, working on PCs started off as a hobby but as we entered into the 1980s, desktop PCs began to be used more and more by businesses. That also caused the IT worker to became a new type of employee to help service those machines.

IT employees continued to be important in the Internet and datacenter era of the 1990s. With today's emphasis on cloud computing, Microsoft claims that IT pros must evolve and change yet again.

Even if you are not an IT worker, the infographic is still entertaining to read and certainly makes its point that the role of the IT employee will not diminish with the move to cloud computing but will simply be altered. Microsoft will reveal more about their future plans for their server and cloud divisions at next week's TechEd conference in New Orleans, and Neowin will be there to cover it.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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