HP announced it was replacing its in-house Infrastructure as a Service offering with Microsoft Azure. In spite of HP's messy cloud strategy, this is a reasonable approach for both companies to fight Amazon Web Service's market dominance. http://bit.ly/1HAhSup
Sure, the HP Chromebook 11 is attractive, especially for that $279 price tag. In many ways it resembles the old white MacBooks, but when you get beyond the good looks, this machine is slow and frustrating, and you're much better off with the dowdy $249 Samsung. http://bit.ly/1fVlvve
Last quarter, HP, the largest PC maker in the world sold 15m PCs. Apple sold 23m iPads. The age of tablets is upon us, people and as the tablet ascends, we will see more of them and the PC will begin to play a lesser (although still significant) computing role.
When an HP executive stated in an interview last week that he believed the next HP tablet could take on the iPad, my first thought was the guy is delusional -- or perhaps he doesn't choose to remember the ill-fated TouchPad, the last tablet entry from HP that lasted a whole 45 days on the market.
This week HP announced a menu of public and private cloud services with a dash of consulting and training too. For a company that has changed CEOs twice in two years, perhaps it was a step toward stability (even if it was fulfilling the fired CEO's vision).
The news came at us fast and furiously this year and it left us shaking our collective head--whether it was the HP TouchPad, Google buying Motorla Mobility or Adobe throwing in the towel on Flash. I review some of the top stories of the year.
When HP open sourced webOS on Friday, it left it badly wounded without killing it altogether. And the prognosis for recovery was not good. Bruce Springsteen fans, I hope you recognize the Jungle Land reference in the title.
HP's decision to axe the TouchPad and webOS in such a public manner made no sense, and with new plans to spin off the PC division announced this week, killing its mobile component makes even less sense.