Has the PC jumped the shark? Walt Mossberg, technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, spoke at the Presidents Forum sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education today at the Ritz Carlton in Washington D.C. The forum provides a learning and networking experience for higher-education leaders. Mr. Mossberg's special presentation was entitled What's Next for the Internet, the PC, and Handheld Gadgets.
During his presentation, the Chronicle reports, Mr. Mossberg showed the audience the Apple iPhone that he is in the process of reviewing for his column (everyone's buzzing about it!). Mossberg called cellphones one of the top three technologies to watch at the moment, arguing that the era of the PC is ending. “The PC’s been a big deal. It has peaked. This is the next level or elevation of the cellphone,” he said of the iPhone. “Not because it’s better or necessarily better than your Blackberry … but this runs a real computer operating system” and therefore can offer full-featured e-mail software on the go.