Microsoft Finally Admits the iPad is a Computer

There have been numerous arguments as to where exactly the iPad fits in today’s modern day computing. In fact, Matthew Snider, Mac Daily’s Editor in Chief, and I somewhat disagree on the iPad as a computer. Matt feels that the iPad is not ready yet for big boy tasks. I, on the other hand, think the iPad is well-suited for big boy tasks. I still think the iPad will get better in time and we won’t be having this argument for too long.
Earlier this week, Microsoft, the biggest software company in the world, finally admitted that the iPad is indeed a computer. Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Corporate communication (try saying that three times in a row) admitted in a post by saying,

looking around the conference, there were iPads and other tablets as far as the eye could see. On the other hand, (as I noted in a tweet), most of the people around me were using their iPads exactly as they would a laptop – physical keyboard attached, typing away, connected to a network of some kind, creating a document or tweet or blog or article. In that context, it’s hard to distinguish between a tablet and a notebook or laptop. The form factors are different, but let’s be clear, each is a PC.

Though this is big news (especially for those of us who know that the iPad is a shift in computing, real computing), we at Mac Daily want to give you more than just news. So here’s why I think the iPad makes a great computer:

I believe in the iPad so much that I sold my Macbook Air a few months ago (I loved that thing) and have gone completely iPad for my mobile computing. Yes, I still use my mighty Mac Mini at home, but most of the love my fingers give out is to the glass of my iPad with Retina display.

Yes, the iPad will not replace someone who developes websites for a living or a professional videographer (not yet), but the consumer market, the ones buying up computers in the masses, it is perfect for them.

So, yes Microsoft, thank you for finally admitting something we knew for quite sometime. Welcome to the future!