After sharing some first thoughts around HP and WebOS, I think it’s time to come back to these.
So the Autonomy acquisition is done. I still think we could have done something great with 13 B$, but it’s too late (and always was).
So the PC business is still at home. That’s great and continue to think it’s a good differentiator. Lots of analysts would like us to mimic IBM. But why ? There may be more than one successul business. And still being the largest IT manufacturer able to cover everything from PC to SuperDome, from printers to 3PAR gives us wonderful opportunities, and is a way to satisfy customers, as well as being able to talk to them with various entry points.
Now remains the WebOS question. It seems that the shut down of WebOS is an “unfounded rumor”. I’m really delighted to hear that. Because being a user of both the Touchpad and the Pre 3, I think WebOS is a darn good environment. And honestly would deserve a much better future than what was disclosed before. So hopefully the final decision will be the same as for PSG.
Now, seeing the announces for future HP Touchpad with Windows 8, I’m afraid we are not going in the right direction (or are pushed to the wrong one – you said conspiracy !). So at worst, if we don’t want to persue, instead of letting a great techno die, it would be worthwhile to look at open sourcing it as much as possible (where no patent is blocking us) and provide that content to the Tizen community e.g., which could help make for a greater (and more time to market) solution, that we could in return adopt on some of platforms.
Contrary to what most people think, open sourcing a technology helps driving the business in favour of the open sourcer, and doesn’t reduce it. Especially when the most costly part (the investment in R&D) has already been done.
But I’m not in charge of that, nor have any specific information about choices made. Just trying to influence as much as I can 😉