Ballmer talks up the ‘fifth computing revolution’

March 14, 2008 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

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

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Author: Ian Williams, iTnews, 5th March 2008

Full article available here.


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