Bob Cringley has a must-read development on three recent developments: Microsoft’s XBox 360, Google’s Web Accelerator and Apple’s High-Definition video plans.
It’s an expression made popular in Silicon Valley years ago by Andy Grove of Intel: “inflection point.” It’s that abrupt elbow in a graph of growth or decline when the new technology or paradigm truly kicks in, and suddenly there is no going back. From that moment, the new stuff takes off and the old stuff goes into rapid decline, whether it is a new standard of modem, a new video game, a new microprocessor family, or just a new idea. I think we’ve just hit such an inflection point and — though most of us still don’t realize it — the personal computer, video game, and electronic entertainment businesses will never be the same…So Apple takes over video and movies while Yahoo threatens with a low-priced music subscription service and Google threatens to take control of, well, everything. And Microsoft? Microsoft kicks the dog.
As Om Malik summarises it: “PC is dead, long live the network.”