Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2012 22:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems If there's one over-used buzzword currently making the rounds in the technology industry, it's 'post-PC world' - or the notion that desktops and laptops are a dying breed. Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's printing and personal systems group, thinks this is a nonsensical notion - and he's right.
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RE: Trickle down
by kaiwai on Fri 21st Sep 2012 15:56 UTC in reply to "Trickle down"
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The real revolution that tablets are ushering in is the walled garden approach to software payment and delivery. iPhone started it, but it wasn't until the iPad that we saw a successful implementation that combined iOS App Store's model with a reasonably large screen intended for PC-ish work. Windows 8 and Surface are the next logical steps: the former brings the PC platform to the payment/distribution model, the latter brings the emerging tablet platform and its accompanying payment/distribution model closer to the PC.

The real question is what will happen once we start seeing iPads at Goodwill and garage sales. In a PC world, you can buy the hardware, install your previous software, or even pirate your software like most of the world does. Loose/non-existant software controls make hardware usage fluid. Will it remain fluid with tablets?

What about internet cafes all around the world running pirated software, or all those XP installs running cracked versions of Photoshop? Will they ever be able to jump onto the tablet bandwagon?

iOS was never meant to run applications - when it was launched Steve Jobs was adament that there was no need to run applications and that web apps would be the future. The Jailbreak saw this as a challenge and that is the origin of 'Jailbreak' was to run applications on iOS before there was an official SDK provided. Apple eventually caved in realising they could make a few bucks and here we are with the walled garden and application stores.

Personally I have nothing against an application store as so long as the process of filtering is consistent and transparent - where the filtering is done for genuine reasons rather than, "we don't want a competing browser in the app store' as with the case of iOS. For me I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I don't have any problems with the Google Play application store - my personal preference is Opera but when Chrome matures I might give that a go - end of the day I have that freedom to choose rather than Apple deciding that certain applications that 'might confuse customers' cannot be allowed on.

As for the PC - I can't ever seeing the PC being locked down; I could see maybe in the future for OS X as they become more consumer orientated (throw the professionals overboard in the process). Windows - even without the regulatory concerns, I just don't see it in their DNA; Windows Phone and Windows RT? sure but I don't ever see it expand beyound a few niche scenarios.

Edited 2012-09-21 16:13 UTC

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