With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

Summary: If HP is excited about a WebOS ecosystem and the company plans to use it for personal computers, as well, the question that everyone in Redmond should be asking is: What about Windows?

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As HP's WebOS event in San Francisco was coming to a close, executives came back on stage to recap all of the features that had been showcased on-stage and circled around to a comment that was made at the top of the event: These products are only the first of many in the WebOS portfolio.

And then came the quick mention that WebOS, an operating system that the company said is rugged enough for multiple devices, would also soon be popping up on HP's personal computers.

My first thought: What about Microsoft Windows?

One of my biggest criticisms of Microsoft has been the way it has rested on its cash-cow products, including Windows and Office, but has been slow to adapt for other form factors, such as tablets. Now, you have one of the biggest sellers of personal computers in the world - Windows-based computers, no less - talking about the excitement of building its multi-device operating system into personal computers as another WebOS "connected" device.

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During the demos today, the company played up the seamless connections between the WebOS tablet, smartphones and even printers. It only makes sense that PCs would be in the mix, as well. And with the push to build a WebOS ecosystem sooner, rather than later, I imagine it won't take much time until WebOS becomes the primary OS on HP's personal computer lineup.

The mention was almost an afterthought and executives didn't say much beyond the announcement itself. But the message was loud and clear - and I can't help but think that it was so loud that it sent shockwaves through some glass offices some 800 miles away in Redmond, Washington.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • RE: With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

    Between this news and the CES buzz around Android, Microsoft has to be paying attention. Their golden goose is in danger of being roasted, no, not in one big game changing hiccup, but slowly. Actually, more like the frog in the pan on the stove Microsoft appears to be ignoring the heat being turned up gradually.
    Between iOS and OSX (arguably the same OS) Apple has quietly taken about ten percent of the total OS market. While Linux distros have not set the world on fire, Android, a Linuxette OS is a conflagration in a market that Microsoft once thought a gimme, smart phones. The whole iOS v. Android simply emphasizes to me that Microsoft is missing in action. Ok, so they have WinPhone7 and Windows 7 and continue to coast on their huge market share. There's no apparent overall plan and vision, but more to the point there doesn't seem to be any fire in the belly.
    At least Gates was the evil genius who screwed IBM and Apple at their own game to become the world's richest college drop out. Monkey boy seems to just be putting in his time. And as Dylan said, 'the times they are a changin'. Froggy is going to be boiled alive if it doesn't wake up.
    dheady@...
    • Yes, lagacy Win32 is fading. People are ditching their legacy applications.

      If you do not run legacy applications, Windows is pointless.
      DonnieBoy
      • Odd that the vast majority disagree with you

        @DonnieBoy, on both your above statement, and ChromeOS.

        You should try looking around [i]without[/i] your Google colored glasses sometime, or are you afraid of what you might see?
        AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • Who is this "vast majority" you are talking about? I will give you a clue:

        Windows propeller heads are a small percentage of Windows users. Most Windows users have stopped buying legacy Win32 applications, and spend most of their time in a browser. And, how do YOU know (in advance) that people will not like ChromeOS or WebOS on full PCs.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

        @DonnieBoy Nah there are too many things which you need windows for. Especially gaming. And considering that businesses are almost all legacy software, that's not moving anytime soon.
        Jimster480
      • Jimster480: Most people use game consoles to play games, Win32 is the only

        real thing interesting about Windows. If you do not run legacy Win32 applications though, Windows is pointless. In the enterprise, they use fewer and fewer legacy Win32 applications all the time.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

        @DonnieBoy Plus, with Citrix and App-V on the server side...
        eak2000
  • This shows that the importance of Win32 is waning. My bet is that WebOS

    and also ChromeOS PCs will have a lot of success.
    DonnieBoy
    • ChromeOS? Nobody's really talking about that except to say

      that its extreamly unimpressive.
      And HP won't be dropping Windows anytime soon. That would be like Apple saying "we're discontinuing iOS for Android"
      AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • Well, Windows Propeller heads are NOT impressed with ChromeOS, that much is

        true! They hate it! But, Windows propeller heads do not matter, it is the masses that are important here.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

        @AllKnowingAllSeeing

        Actually, that would be like Apple saying they'd drop OSX for iOS.
        siobhanellis@...
      • RE: With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

        @AllKnowingAllSeeing that would actually be a brilliant move on their part. To jump on the bandwagon before it runs them over.
        Jimster480
    • RE: With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

      @DonnieBoy I don't know about ChromeOS unless Google starts building Citrix support into the OS.
      eak2000
  • Also, as Mubarak needs to go, so does Balmer, before it is too late.

    Message to Steve Balmer: reshuffling upper management is not enough - YOU need to go.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

      @DonnieBoy, no, ballmer should stay for as long as possible, in order to lead that microsoft mammoth to the path of extinction
      d.marcu
      • RE: With WebOS headed for HP's PC portfolio, what happens to Windows?

        @d.marcu
        why are worried if Ballmer goes, you golden egg would crash to nothing?
        Ram U
      • Said CEO d.marcu

        ;)
        John Zern
  • The other question is if HP will sell all-in-one Arm based PCs? Will they

    also abandon x86?
    DonnieBoy
  • It probally sent shockwaves thru HP

    a few frantic calls to MS afterwards telling them to please keep sending them Windows Disks!
    John Zern
  • Windows on the desktop isn't ending at HP

    anytime soon. What the TouchPad really shows it that HP agrees with Apple's view on the tablet as opposed to Microsoft's. Only Redmond seems tied to tying a Desktop OS onto a slate form-factor. HP clearly believes, as does Apple, that the tablet is a complement to, not a replacement for a desktop PC. It goes back to the "truck" analogy that Jobs used. Eventually it will be shown that Ballmer is as wrong about tablet OSes as he was about smartphone OSes.
    matthew_maurice