Microsoft chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie questioning whether the media tablet has any future.
Speaking at a lunch held in Sydney by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Mundie, who reports directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, said he didn't know whether tablets like the iPad would "remain with us or not".
Mundie said he believed the smartphone "as it emerges more will become your most personal computer", while laptops would occupy a space he dubbed the "portable desk".
"Mobile is something that you want to use while you're moving, and portable is something that you move and then use.
"These're going to bump into one another a little bit and so today you can see tablets and pads and other things that're starting to live in the space in between. Personally I don't know whether that space will be a persistent one or not."
Mundie went on to talk about a new type of smartphone technology he had seen in the labs. When the user looks at the phone, "instead of seeing a screen it can beam individual rays of light into your eyes right on your retina ... [so] you can look at your phone and see HDTV".
"I don't know whether the big screen tablet pad category is going to remain with us or not," Mundie said in Sydney earlier today, during a lunch event sponsored by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. This's the same man who in summer 2009 predicted that the future of the PC is a room. During Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting 2009 he looked into the future and saw "a world where the room is the computer" and asserted that "there'll be a successor to the desktop [PC], it'll be the room."
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