08/18/2011, 03:16 PM
Why buy Palm if you don't want into the mobile device business and don't want to run webOS?
Saying HP won't succeed with webOS has been trendy these past few months, but saying that HP is going to drop webOS like a hot stone, while very chic last Winter, has gone out of fashion since the February event.
So why even announce three devices and a commitment to bringing the platform to PCs, printers and "other form factors" in the future? Why go ahead and manufacture and launch these devices?
Why, if all you're going to do is kill the platform half a year later?
Why make an initial $1,2bn investment to break into a market you're not interested in, and why invest further money into the platform if you're going to kill it?
This doesn't make any sense at all. Not even the slightest bit.
You know, I always stuck up for HP, saying that everybody should give those Ivy League business and engineering fellows from a corporation that has been one of the top names in technology for decades the benefit of the doubt and maybe cut them some slack while they're working to build an environment, which can't be done in a day.
I may have been wrong all along. Maybe HP is, in fact, ruled by people who don't know today where they're gonna lead the company next week. If so, I apologize to all the "trolls" and naysayers - you are a bunch of cynical fellows, but I see that all cynicism may not be without reason.
Then again, HP looks to be spinning off their entire Personal Systems Group - i.e. the part of HP that competes with Samsung, Dell, Motorola and Apple.
Leo Apotheker obviously wants to turn HP into a straight competitor to SAP and Oracle and IBM, without any pesky consumer systems to worry about.
So maybe that spun-off PSG will keep webOS alive on their PCs and printers and license it out to dedicated mobile-device manufacturers like Samsung or HTC that are looking to diversify because their Android shipments *will* take dire hits when official Motogoogle devices start hitting the market.
But yes, this is bad news, and I'm going to go as far as to say that even the people on here with the most contempt for HP were surprised to hear it.
HP buying webOS and killing would have been one thing.
HP buying webOS and failing to win sufficient marketshare after some real prolonged effort would have been another thing.
But HP buying webOS, making bold statements about the future of mobile devices and webOS' place in it at big-stage keynote events, and THEN killing webOS in the very same week the Pre3 starts shipping is another thing entirely.
This is just all sorts of weird and sad.
How come all the best, most brilliant products get mishandled by management hacks? Macintosh back in the 80s and 90s when it was genuinely better than Windows; Betamax; Dreamcast; webOS.