Ballmer: PCs will be around ‘for many years to come’

Steve Ballmer

The PC still has a lot of life left in it, according to the chief executive (CEO) of Microsoft.

Steve Ballmer defended the style of computer during the D8 conference in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

He was responding to comments from Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, who claimed earlier in the week at the conference that PCs had passed their sell by date.

"I think people are going to be using PCs in greater and greater number for many years to come," said Ballmer.

He admitted there would be a "shift in form factor" but added: "PCs will look different next year, year after, year after that."

It has been a tough few weeks for Microsoft, with Apple overtaking the company in revenue terms and Google catching up fast. Add to that Google reportedly banning Windows from its worker's machines and it can't be all smiles down in the Redmond HQ.

Ballmer admitted his company is "dealing with the fact that we're no longer at the front of that pack," but added: "It's our job to out-work them, out-innovate them [and] out-hustle them."