But don’t take my word for it. This edict was actually handed down by Microsoft, by which I mean Frank X. Shaw, who heads Microsoft’s communications. In a post to the Official Microsoft Blog this week, Shaw reflected on how his company’s move to devices and services was warranted by the shift I describe above. And he declared, once and for all, that yes, the iPad is a PC.
I agree with much of what Thurrott has to say here, though I don't think of my iPad as a PC. I think of it as something way better that's, bit-by-bit, replacing the PC. Microsoft declaring it to be a PC is a bit like declaring the web to be an evolution of Gopher.