The desktop PC is not dead; it’s in the midst of a five- to ten-year-long makeover.
So says Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie, who presented on February 26 to attendees of the Goldman Sachs Tech Investment Symposium.
(At an investor conference, attendees typically look for tips on what a company has in the pipeline for the next few weeks or months. So Mundie’s talk, which focused on his mission of looking three to 20 years out, was rather atypical.)
Mundie told symposium attendees that he believes there is a gap between the laptop and the mobile phone that will be fulfilled by any number of application-specific devices, such as e-book readers and educational Tablet PCs.
But there’s also a place in the future for desktop PCs, although they won’t look anything like the desktop PCs of today, Mundie predicted.
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