What with HP’s new chief executive Leo Apotheker telling the Bloomberg news agency in an interview that WebOS would also be installed, in addition to Windows, on every PC HP ships starting in 2012? Appears he believes the idea will offer a large enough platform and potential user base to entice developers to build applications which could differentiate HP PCs, its smartphones and tablets, from others in the marketplace.
What about our friends in Redmond Washing who hell bent on world conquest all the while thinking the internet was just a fad which would pass soon (remember that comment from Bill in the Netscape days). Well its seems that Microsoft’s Corporate DNA has not changed which is a bad thing for the company and while they have been diversifying out of the OS arena into other markets such as gaming (nice job on the Kinect thing), however these do not have the breath the OS does as the “OS” provides the “heart” of the machine and everyone who has watched the Wizard of Oz knows every machine needs a “heart”.
On the surface it appears that HP is plagiarizing the Apple ™ playbook much like our friends at Google™ have done with the Android Operating System as to set up an application store. In a past blog post I’ve written about the rise of the “App” as if the “OS” is the Heart, then the “App’s” are the “brains” and the two together form the soul of the New Machine (homage to Tracy Kidder). However can our friends in Palo Alto play catch up with Google ™ let alone Apple ™ who is eating everyone’s lunch? As HP is way behind in the app game, whereas developers have built hundreds of thousands of apps for Google and Apple iOS’s, while only 6,000 apps exist today for WebOS. Maybe this is just a death throw if you will as how big is the market especially for desktops or even lap tops?
Mark my words the “Desktop” is dead, while workstation like devices will remain in limited numbers for high powered activities, they will be in the minority as jobs has just delivered the killing blow. Yes video editing on the iPad as Job’s and team have their code base so tight they’ve achieved the near impossible as our friends in bloat-ware city Washington lost their way with “code at all costs”. As when in the past I led development teams, my measure of success was “cost per click” as the sole goal was to minimize the time it took a user to reach their required data. With this it was out the window with poor performing code as it was guaranteed to grow like a metastasizing cancer if left in the standing code base. However Windows missed this and has grown too weighty for its own good and now we are seeing a retracement to the simpler days (thank you Google ™ for Chrome).
However back to the laptop as in the next generation of iPad, one could easily leave the Laptop behind as today my “business” notebook / laptop mainly serves to crunch numbers and to create Power Points. Now with the iPad II out and sitting on my desk it is getting a lot closer in processing speed to being a “computer” rather than a “smart phone” and its amorphous abilities to be many things means if you listen closely you can start to hear the “death rattle” of many paradigms (Microsoft being one) which are getting ready to give up the ghost…