06/17/2011, 09:03 PM
As we can see from the responses and threads, there is a strong reaction. Some are lumping this into the "disappointed-Sprint-users", or those who just complain.
But what does it really mean?
Frankly, it comes down to choices, and vision.
1. They could have paid for a solution, years ago. The later versions of the Treo came with doc editing. Palm paid the developer. HP or Palm could have done so again. The biggest products for mobile docs, Docs to Go and Quickoffice, were both originally developed for Palm OS. RIM bought Dataviz (owners of Docs to Go) a while ago. Palm couldn't, and HP choose not to. That was a choice. And even if they couldn't afford to buy Dataviz (or even RIM), they could have used Classic (Docs to Go version 11 works great on Classic on WebOS). But they decided they wanted to ignore Classic, even though the developer "gave" them the software and wandered away. HP decided, choose, to go away from Classic. Away from a working, day-1 solution. Their choice.
2. HP has been positioning their advantage as an enterprise company. Smart. Yet they are missing checkbox features (video out, doc editing). Good luck in the corporate world without being able to do presentations or edit docs.
3. HP decided to redo their frameworks, to support tablets. Good bye Mojo, hello Enyo. Fine. Makes sense. But get doc editing out first, then, once you have the API's down, redo it it in Enyo. It was a choice.
4. Even if Docs to Go or Quickoffice couldn't happen, grab some x11 developers who know OpenOffice, and build something. Anything. Will it be perfect? Nope. Will it be the best thing ever? No. But give us at least an option, a solution.
I think the reason so many people feel hurt isn't that HP decided to ignore the existing user base, or Sprint, but that they gave a competing vision, and then failed that vision. If you want to ignore the Palm DNA (PIM, media, good relations with carriers) that is their choice. They had another vision.
But then, for heaven's sake, do it!!! To quote the immortal Arnold, "Do it. Do it noooowww!"
We all want WebOS to be a success. We love it. We love HP for their backing of this vision. What do we have to do to reach through the fog, the cloudy vision, the blindness?
I LOVE Palm. Seriously. I'm probably their biggest fan. I have a Foleo, for heaven's sake. And there is just no way it was correct not to launch with doc editing. None.
They can say Enyo wasn't ready. Fine. Then ship Classic (buy any rights), and stick Docs to Go on there. Or buy RIM.