Washington, Mar 9(ANI): Former Microsoft's tech visionary Ray Ozzie has reckoned that the world has moved past the personal computer, potentially leaving behind the world's largest software company.
He added that the PC, which was Microsoft's handiwork, and still determines the company's financial performance, has been nudged aside by powerful phones and tablets running Apple and Google software.
"People argue about 'are we in a post-PC world?'. Why are we arguing? Of course we are in a post-PC world. That doesn't mean the PC dies, that just means that the scenarios that we use them in, we stop referring to them as PCs, we refer to them as other things," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Ozzie, as saying at a technology conference in Seattle.
"I feel very good about a number of things that did change. The company's a lot different now, it's come a long way and I'm happy about some things and I'm impatient about other things," he added.
Ozzie was making his first public statement on Microsoft since quitting the company in 2010.
His speech came after Microsoft's arch-rival Apple's Chief Executive stressed the emergence of the "post-PC world" forged by the iPad.
Ozzie, who developed email application, Lotus Notes, was hand-picked by Gates to take over his role of chief software architect in 2006.
Ozzie said the fate of Windows 8 would determine Microsoft's future.
"If Windows 8 shifts in a form that people really want to buy the product, the company will have a great future. In any industry, if people look at their own needs, and look at the products and say, 'I understand why I had it then, and I want something different', they will not have as good a future. It's too soon to tell," he added. (ANI)