PC inventor says that its time has passed -

The engineer who was on the team who built the first PC, 30 years ago, has said that its time has been and gone.

IBM engineer Mark Dean said that he was proud when IBM decided to leave the personal computer business in 2005, selling its PC division to Lenovo.

He said that he has switched to a tablet and that the PC is going the way of "vacuum tubes, typewriters, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs."

If he is using a tablet we can't think that he is getting much work done. The clock speed of a tablet is slow and there is no keyboard.

According to Business Insider, Microsoft's PR head Frank Shaw was a little more optimistic.

He said it was not the "post-PC era" because 400 million personal computers will ship this year.

However Vole is also looking away from the PC. The outfit's software will run on the Xbox, phones, embedded devices like ATMs, and Vole wants to develop services like Bing, Office 365, and Xbox Live.

Shaw thinks that the "brave new world" will come about when Microsoft releases Windows 8 which will "re-imagine Windows" and make it less PC dependant.

Of course, Windows 8 is still an operating system and you will need something that has PC qualities to get it to go, but the times they are a changing.