Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Feb 2011 23:29 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And, of course, just as I decide to leave the live blogging to play a game of Left 4 Dead 2, HP drops the big bombshell right at the end of their press event: webOS is coming to PCs!
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Competition is Chrome OS and not Windows
by deppbv78 on Thu 10th Feb 2011 06:38 UTC
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I personally feel that this is HP's strategy to counter Google's Chrome OS. They did not want to end up with another Windows kind-of situation, where their product is commoditized with low differentiation against competition & razor thin profit margins.

webOS will be reserved for a new product lines positioned as consumption devices to counter iPad-like tablets & ChromeOS based devices. I do not see them offering webOS on regular desktops & laptops focusing on producing content & other stuff. Instead, they'll continue to come with Windows/Linux.

I think in couple of years, traditional desktop OS like Windows 7 for consumer devices will move towards becoming irrelevant. They'll survive probably only in niche areas. Indie content producers will use OS X, developers & the likes will use Linux/Windows. Enterprises are the only ones that might continue to use the traditional desktop OS.

We saw revenues of Windows division going down for Microsoft in the previous quarter. I think Windows may cease to be a cash cow for Microsoft by end of 2012.

Edited 2011-02-10 06:47 UTC

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Neolander Member since:

You named it : just about anyone who wants to produce content, and not only to consume it, needs something more than the current incarnation of tablets.

Now, of course, all it would take to make them suck less in this area is an optional stylus with precise input, these kinds of things which Wacom has been making for years...

Think about it : people are ready to pay $500 for something which is basically a small web browser and a few mobile apps. For how much do you think someone could sell a tablet which can actually be useful at more than that, by simply including a $50 Bamboo-like digitizer ? Knowing that the stylus would be optional and sold at a premium price too...

Apple would call it... the iPad Pro ! ;)

Edited 2011-02-10 07:45 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:

We saw revenues of Windows division going down for Microsoft in the previous quarter. I think Windows may cease to be a cash cow for Microsoft by end of 2012.

I think the end of the world is more likely. Their revenue will drop at some point but Windows will be a cash cow for years to come. They could lose all consumer revenue and only sell to businesses and still be a highly profitable company.

As for Chrome OS it will bomb. It's too early for a web only system and Google doesn't have a good plan for printing.

What HP can do though is put WebOS on top of their Win7 laptops and people will use it for surfing if there are significant power savings. It would be seen as a value-added bonus instead of a restriction like Chrome OS. HP also has a better plan for printing which is to guarantee compatibility with their own line.

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