Linked by David Adams on Tue 25th May 2010 04:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over at Daringfireball this past weekend, John Gruber put words to what many people are thinking about after Google's rush of Android announcements and not-subtle Apple-bashing at this week's I/O conference: "all-out war." I agree with Gruber that a good old-fashioned bitter rivalry could be a great thing for the computing world, and for smartphone/handheld fans in particular.
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Barriers and Opportunities
by DriverDude on Tue 25th May 2010 14:19 UTC
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Lightweight clients and cloud-based apps rock the house... but ONLY when you're able to connect. When I want driving directions, movie times, restaurant reviews, when I want to connect to friends, log an update, get some info... I *need* that information.

But wander outside many major US cities (or into various canyons IN major cities), and you quickly lose your high-speed data coverage. Heck, in LOTS of places you still lose your VOICE coverage.

So, sorry... but the "Always Connected" model still breaks pretty quickly. We're not going to be saying "bye bye" to our applications and big data files anytime soon for MUST HAVE uses.

So, similarly... counting Microsoft out would be a really, really, bad idea. Remember Windows Embedded? It's a fully componentized version of Windows. I wonder how far away they are from a version that can be made sufficiently small and lightweight to run on a tablet? Then wouldn't we have a "write once, run anywhere" version of Windows? Imagine every application that works on Windows being able to work on your tablet or phone... Yeah... that's gonna have pretty broad appeal.

So, until the tablet/phone vendors solve the "only sometimes connected" problem for web-based apps... and those apps become so very key to people's lives that the whole center of gravity shifts from the PC to the tablet/phone, Microsoft is still going to have a hold on us.

I'm not saying I like it... I'm just "calling 'em like I sees 'em."


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