Ballmer talks up the ‘fifth computing revolution’
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has used this year’s CeBIT show in Hanover to highlight what he calls the “fifth computing revolution”..
“The last time I spoke here was in 2002. In that speech I mentioned that I had been at Microsoft for 22 years and lived through three computing revolutions,” he said.
“Now, six years later, I have been at Microsoft for 28 years and I can say that I have lived through four revolutions.”
Ballmer broke down these four “computing revolutions” as:
- The personal computer becoming an affordable mainstream product which put computing power in the hands of individuals for the first time
- The emergence of the Graphical User Interface making it easier for users to take advantage of the power of computing
- The rise of the internet when email became an everyday communications tool and information became dramatically easier to find and share
- The rise of web 2.0 in which the internet evolved from static pages and information to become a platform for services, and for publishing and sharing information
Author: Ian Williams, iTnews, 5th March 2008
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