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    HI everyone!

    This is a must read article. It touched on every aspect, I can think of in terms of HP's buyout of Palm, how this impacts webOS, the fact that there will be another generation of Palm smart phones.

    From the smart phone business, to porting and/or rewriting software, for the webOS, from the huge pile of available programs for PalmOS. It even discusses, what is an issue that has fascinated me, since HP's name came up as a potential buyer.

    I have maintained from the beginning, that HP's marketing prowess, size and money will help get apps written, (paraphrasing Sally Bowles from Cabaret, after all, in business money makes the world go around). After reading this, I'm more sure then ever, that is what Palm/HP will do.

    How and why will HP, make a webOS slate or another webOS non smart phones, work while dovetailing into Windows. HP's success has been that they have a market share in all areas of computing, from handholds all the way up to severs, blades, and super computers. They create software that helps these different products work together seamlessly.

    Palm never had that kind of opportunity, since they were never involved in all fields of computing. If Palm/HP can pull this off, that gives them a major edge over Apple!

    Take care and once again it is a great read and well worth your time.


    Palm Deal Gives HP Chance to Revitalize Smartphone Business
    By: Wayne Rash, 2010-07-02

    Palm Deal Gives HP Chance to Revitalize Smartphone Business - Mobile and Wireless from eWeek

    HP has long been a marginal player in the smartphone business, but with the Palm acquisition complete, they’re back in the game. Palm must make the most of this opportunity to to find new success in the mobile world working within HP's corporate culture.
    Hewlett-Packard’s completion of its Palm acquisition late in the day on July 1 means that the smartphone business has a new, highly important player that could change the landscape in ways important to enterprise users.

    By buying Palm, HP gets access to its current devices, the Pre and Pixi in both regular (for Sprint) and Plus (for Verizon Wireless) editions, but it also means that the company gets WebOS. While the devices and the existing sales outlets are important sources of revenue for HP’s new division, they’re not the main reason this took place.

    HP really needs a new mobile operating system. For years now the company’s generally well-designed devices have been saddled with one version or another of Microsoft’s stodgy Windows Mobile OS. This meant that users had an interface that it was impossible to love, that was inefficient, and that didn’t offer a ready source of the kind of applications that every other smartphone from Android to Rim was featuring. So HP’s iPaq was selling, slowly, to business customers that already had a deal with HP and could get it for a low price, while also meeting their needs for a device that would work with their Exchange servers.

    So now that HP owns Palm, what next? There will be a period of integration in which Palm employees decide whether they like working for a massive corporation with a global reach. There will be some false starts and pondering as HP and Palm try to figure out where Palm’s products fit into HP’s universe, and there will be a new effort to design platforms using HP’s hardware skills and Palms WebOS.

    During that time, Palm engineers will be trying out the HP corporate culture. HP will be trying to find ways to get as many of them as possible to stay. For Palm’s engineers, at least, this could be the best possible outcome. Unlike most other mega-corporations, HP is extremely decentralized. The company’s divisions operate almost autonomously, and the corporate culture in different divisions can be quite diverse while still existing happily under one corporate umbrella.

    In addition, Palm’s engineers will find that they suddenly have access to a breadth of financial and development resources far beyond anything they’ve experienced. HP has a long history of innovation, and it has divisions making virtually any device you can think of.

    In addition, Palm’s engineers will have a new mission that they couldn’t have had the ability to accomplish in the past – to develop an enterprise capable tablet device that will rival the iPad in ease of use, while providing access to a real enterprise class mobile operating system and a broad customer base.

    But wait, as they say on television infomercials, there’s more. Palm has already said that it will continue developing smartphones using WebOS. The company has had some success with its existing devices. Some money for development, and access to far larger global markets could allow the company to take advantage of the device markets it pioneered with the legendary Palm Pilot.

    Remember, it was Palm that first brought you the touch-sensitive full screen device that worked as an e-mail platform, organizer and Web browser. Those Palm devices – the latest being the Palm TX – aren’t being sold by Palm any longer. But the technology still exists and it’s a safe bet that they could play a role in developing a touch-screen tablet and phone that could compete with the iPhone and Android devices out there.

    Equally important, the Palm devices have a large number of applications from their own app store, just as there were thousands of apps available for the Palm Pilots before they were discontinued. The capability to make the HP and Palm teams into a real force in the mobile device market exists, but of course, a great deal depends on whether these companies can merge in such a way that they can take advantage of their respective talents and assets.

    And, of course, everything depends on whether the now merged companies can pull it off. To make it happen, HP has to be willing to accommodate Palm’s corporate culture, keep its engineers and developers happy, and provide them with the resources they’ve always needed and never had. Palm, meanwhile, has to learn that its only hope for survival was to be acquired by some other, larger, company. If they had to pick one that would give Palm the freedom to develop something really good, it would have been hard to pick a better partner than HP.

    But saying that and seeing it happen are two different things. HP still faces many obstacles in its acquisition of Palm before anyone starts seeing results that matter. Palm’s people have to learn to work within HP’s corporate structure so that they can effectively utilize the company’s vast resources. There is huge potential here, but right now that’s all it is. Perhaps, if everything works, we’ll see a new reality in the mobile device market in a few months. That would be a nice change.
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    That was a really interesting read, I have been getting more and more optimistic the more I read that hp is willing to let palm operate as an autonomous unit.
    Last edited by voodoochild; 07/02/2010 at 05:01 PM.

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