May 11

Otto Berkes Leaving Microsoft


Otto Berkes, the man behind Microsoft’s Origami and Ultra Mobile PC, is leaving Microsoft. Berkes had the vision and knew where mobile computing was headed long before the iPad came on to the scene. As we all know now, Apple executed on it ways Microsoft could not.

Todd Bishop interviewed Berkes today and asked him his thoughts on the iPad:

“It’s been bittersweet,” he said. “It certainly validated the notion of having a truly touch-centric, connected computing device, but I obviously wish that Microsoft had gotten there first. … The concepts were certainly all there, but the investment level required and the clarity of focus on that class of product was not what it needed to be to achieve the kind of commercial success that Apple has achieved with the iPad.”

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