What does the future hold for Windows 8, Windows 9 and beyond? Where is Windows heading in the next five years, or in the next decade? Is the post-PC era going to usher in the post-Windows era as well? Are the two synonymous?
These are legitimate questions, especially on a day when Microsoft’s soon to be ex-Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie
opines that we’re at the dawn of a new day and that the post-PC era is coming.
And just in case that the post-PC concept sounds just a tad too familiar, I want you to think to a few months ago, when Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs also predicted the death of personal computers
as we see them today.
Ozzie seems to share Jobs’ view on the fact that the world is ready to evolve beyond the PC. He ties this with the 25th anniversary of Windows which will come on November 20th, 2010.
“The next five years will bring about yet another inflection point – a transformation that will once again yield unprecedented opportunities for our company and our industry catalyzed by the huge & inevitable shift in apps & infrastructure that’s truly now just begun,” Ozzie states.
After 25 years of Windows, imagining a post-PC world is like forcing a revelation that Microsoft might not be able to comprehend, let alone embrace. An exercise into reinventing itself so drastically, that the very core of the company would implode.
And make no mistake about it, 25 years after Windows 1.0 was launched, Windows is still the heart of the software giant.