Post-PC Era 101

Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the IBM PC. The PC ultimately changed everything at work, at school and at home. The PC became the center of our computing experience. But, know it or not and like it or not, you are now taking part in the most important transition to date in the history of computing. All of us are moving towards a Post-PC era and most of us are farther along in this transition than we realize. 

If the PC is no longer the center of computing? What is? You are. 



In the Post-PC world you are at the center of your computing experience. You are no longer beholden to a particular computer - the concept of a Personal Computer, a PC is obsolete. You have the mobile Internet to thank for these new abilities. Many of us still have self-imposed chains tying us to the past but we can break them any time we choose. All of your applications, messages, calendars, documents, voicemails, texts, chats, pictures - your data - is now available to you from any device with a browser. Today you can access your data from any iPad, any Android device, any MacBook Air, any Chromebook or any other computer at anytime. 

Modern banking provides a useful analogy. Today, you are largely the center of your banking experience but just a short time ago you were tied to a specific bank and even particular dollar bills. You either had the cash you needed in your pocket or you were out of luck. Today you have your ATM card. Think of how many places your ATM card now gives you access to your money. Modern day browsers play a similar roll as they allow us to access our data from almost anywhere and at anytime. When ATM cards first became available many of us resisted, it just "felt" more useful to have cash in your pocket. Today you'd have to be mentally ill to run to the bank first to get cash anytime you wanted to buy something. However, many of us still run to our PC. You don't have to.  

The Post-PC era is not something that "will be coming" it's already here but as William Gibson said, "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed."