Former Microsoft exec: "We are in a post-PC world"

During Apple's "new iPad" press conference on Wednesday, the company's CEO Tim Cook kept telling the audience we were in a "post-PC world". Before you get too offended, there's a former Microsoft employee who might agree with Cook.

Reuters reports that Ray Ozzie, who worked as Microsoft's chief software architect from 2006 to 2010, told an audience at a technology conference on Wednesday, "People argue about 'are we in a post-PC world?'. Why are we arguing? Of course we are in a post-PC world."

However, Ozzie added, "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."

Ozzie also stated that it's too early to tell if Windows 8 will be a success for Microsoft. He said:

If Windows 8 shifts in a form that people really want to buy the product, the company will have a great future. 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.

Ozzie left Microsoft in 2010 and helped to found a new company, Cocomo, in 2011. Details about that new venture are still vague but Ozzie has said it will concentrate on communication and mobility in some way.

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