After Apple's Steve Jobs began referring to the iPad as a "post-PC" device, an IBM executive has added fuel to the fire with one of its chief technology officers, Mark Dean, claiming the company did the right thing in getting out of the PC business.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the IBM 5150 PC, which was widely considered to be the beginning of the PC era. IBM, for years, lead the way in ensuring a PC in every home, a campaign which in turn spurred an industry that now sells hundreds of millions of units each year
Considering that Dean was on the team that helped shape IBM's PC business, his commentary is perhaps surprising. He lauds the company for selling its computer business to Lenovo in 2005.
"While many in the tech industry questioned IBM's decision to exit the business at the time, it's now clear that our company was in the vanguard of the post-PC era," Dean wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
Dean said he himself has moved beyond the PC. Without disclosing which brand he's using, he admitted his primary computing device is now a tablet.
The PC is no longer at the leading edge of computing, and Dean argued that services -- not another computing device -- are leading the way.
Not everyone agrees. In a separate blog post, Microsoft Corporate Communications Chief Frank Shaw says he likes to think of the current state of computing as the "PC-plus" era. He adds that over 400 million PCs will be shipped in 2011 alone.
"We'll continue to lead the industry forward in bringing technology to the next billion (or 2 billion or 6 billion) people on our planet," Shaw writes. "We'll do that as we always have, by working with our partners to deliver amazing experiences to individuals and businesses."