A new chef brings a new recipe, and no, HP is no exception to this old-as-time saying (i dunno if it is for real, i just invented it..i think so). Addressing HP employees in Bangaluru, India, he vowed to regain “HP’s lost soul”.
How does he plan to do it…?? Well the first and foremost thing that needs to be done (according to him) is to listen to his people, because
“The first thing I wanted to do when I joined HP was listen to the people. The rank and file usually know about all the shortcomings.”
The next is “WebOS” on every PC. HP PCs shipped frm 2012 onwards would have the genetic capability to run WebOS as well as MS Windows. This might have two effects, according to me:
- In the short run, the WebOS would see more apps. With a few thousand apps for the WebOS as compared to whooping millions for Android and iOS, it’s hitting two birds with one stone. Apps for the “PC version” of WebOS must have a counterpart for the smaller, mobile cousins running WebOS. Every developer would definitely want to see his/her app running on both PC and the mobiles.
- Challenge to MS and Apple: HP might be planning to be direct competitor of both the companies. While it might want it’s users to give an Apple like desktop service experience, it might evolve to be a serious competitor of MS Windows in the looong run (two extra Os are intentional here, readers know why…!!).
Though I am not too sure of if what I hypothesize would ever happen, but I am pretty sure that users worldwide would welcome the decision of WebOS on PCs.
HP is the undisputed king of hardware in many parts of the world (at least here in India), so making inroads via software should not be tough, especially in developing countries where cost of original software is too high and people have to resort to piracy of some sort or other. A “free” OS should be welcome by one and all.
Stay tuned for more…!!