“Today you can see tablets and pads and other things that are starting to live in the space in between (a PC and a smartphone),” Mundie said. “Personally, I don’t know whether that space will be a persistent one or not.”
Sorry Mr. Mundie, but I think you have your head in the sand on this one and I suppose I can understand why.Â The tablet isn’t situated between the PC and the smartphone, it is replacing the PC.Â This surely scares the hell of you.
“Last year, Jobs compared the PC market to the U.S. automobile industry, noting that most vehicles in America at first were trucks, because they were driven by farmers. But as cars became more popular with the growth of cities, and features like power steering and automatic transmission were added, the truck came to represent a smaller number of vehicles on the road. “PCs are going to be like trucks,” he said.
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer later fired back with a different spin on Jobs’ analogy: “There may be a reason they call them Mack Trucks,” Ballmer said, referring to Apple’s Mac line of computers. “But Windows machines are not going to be trucks.””
Apparently Ballmer took offense to Jobs stating that “PCs are going to be like trucks” and completely miss that what Jobs meant was that PCs would become much more of a utility device.Â A lot of people buy trucks because they have a heavy job to do.
Of course, Ballmer’s response is to attempt to put Windows everywhere even if it means allowing the market to pass them by.