Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 22:01 UTC
Microsoft Steve Ballmer's annual letter to shareholders makes it very clear Microsoft is at a point of no return - and in the middle of a transition into a hardware company. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves - as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses." Line. Sand.
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RE: OEMs deserve to suffer
by Luminair on Wed 10th Oct 2012 04:14 UTC in reply to "OEMs deserve to suffer"
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

on that note, a company like HP could always decide to do something revolutionary like reinvent the linux distro. make it compatible with android apps, make their own clones of metro apps (if that crap is good enough for microsoft, it can be done by HP), whatev.

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RE[2]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by kaiwai on Wed 10th Oct 2012 04:21 in reply to "RE: OEMs deserve to suffer"
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2005-07-06

on that note, a company like HP could always decide to do something revolutionary like reinvent the linux distro. make it compatible with android apps, make their own clones of metro apps (if that crap is good enough for microsoft, it can be done by HP), whatev.


Doubtful it would ever take place - not only because the cash required would be huge but also the legacy of HP not even being able to maintain their own 'in house' operating systems such as HP-UX and OpenVMS to a reasonable level of quality.

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RE[2]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by Laurence on Wed 10th Oct 2012 13:17 in reply to "RE: OEMs deserve to suffer"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

on that note, a company like HP could always decide to do something revolutionary like reinvent the linux distro. make it compatible with android apps, make their own clones of metro apps (if that crap is good enough for microsoft, it can be done by HP), whatev.

You mean like they did with WebOS?

HP aren't interested in software, they're more a hardware company. More so, a hardware company aimed largely at businesses (enterprise servers, business work stations, etc).

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RE[3]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by ichi on Wed 10th Oct 2012 13:48 in reply to "RE[2]: OEMs deserve to suffer"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

HP aren't interested in software, they're more a hardware company.


They might be more of a hardware company, but saying that HP is not interested in software is innaccurate at best: NNM, Operations Manager, Operations Orchestration, Sitescope, BSM, Network Automation, Server Automation, Service Manager, Load Runner, UCMDB, DDMi, Storage Automation, ArcSight, TippingPoint, Data Protector...

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RE[2]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by MollyC on Wed 10th Oct 2012 20:50 in reply to "RE: OEMs deserve to suffer"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Or they could buy a ready-made OS like WebOS and try to put it on printers, tablets, or whatever with it. In fact, they already did just that. It wasn't successful, but any OEM is free to do things like that, and were already free to do it before Ballmer's statements.

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