Monday, May 28, 2012
HP to make Tablets that run on Windows 8 – Resident Evil Retribution for Printing
HP (Hewlett Packard) has been awfully quiet in the first two Quarters of 2012AD. Aside from new printer releases, shakeups in the Corporate Management structure and the current impending layoff of twenty seven thousand (27,000) staff worldwide as stated in the article “HP plans to cut 27,000 jobs, plow savings into R&D”, published May 23, 2012 1:23 PM PDT by Zack Whittaker and Roger Cheng, CNET News
HP has not made any dramatically new products to write home about.
The World Economy is still hurtin’ from the US Recession gone Global, which has resulted in a very weakened, bargain-hunting consumer who is less willing to spend cash on gadgets. Thus the scale of layoff comes as no surprise.
It’s that latest announcement that they’ll be making Tablets again, this time using Windows 8, however that comes as a surprise as reported in the article “HP will make tablets again, possibly not for you and me”, published May 10 2012 by Luke Westaway, CNET News - Crave.
This announcement was made at a Shanghai Press Event by Executive vice President of HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, Todd Bradley on Tuesday May 9th 2012AD.
Albeit signs still indicate that HP is withdrawing from the consumer market, this appears to be more of a push into the Business market, where HP has always had continued success. To quote Todd Bradley: “I'm very comfortable with where we're going with tablets. I know we will have very competitive products with probably more of an enterprise and small business focus than a consumer focus”
In fact, its core business, making Printers, is slowly dying, actually killed off by Mobil computing. Especially in light of the fact that Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman predicts that one third of US Adults will own a Tablet by 2016AD as stated in the article “One-third of U.S. adults will own a tablet by 2016, says report”, published March 7, 2012 9:58 AM PST Lance WhitneyCNET News
Such dire statistical prognostications is making HP Executives appear to be grasping for straws like a drowning Man as implied in the article “HP: Print isn't dying... if you change the definition of print”, published May 9 2012 by Nick Mokey, DigitalTrends. This thanks to the Apple iPad, Apple iPhones and their Distant Relatives, Android powered Tablets and smartphones.
Truth be told, Mobile Computing, aside from killing off the Netbook, Laptop and PC, the Gaming Console and the Portable Gaming device as stated in my Geezam blog article entitled “Nintendo and Sony vs Smartphones and Tablets: Post – Portable Gaming Era”, is also empowering the idea of a Paperless Office by killing off the need for printing, fodder for yet another article in the Geezam blog!
These Mobile devices are slowly killing off the current state of Disconnected Technology as exists, replacing it with devices that are always connected to the Internet via either Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n or 4G Internet.
HP realizes that they had not focused on making Cloud Printers is now resulting in Tablets owners realizing that with Tablets getting lighter and thinner, almost like Digital paper, there is coming a Minority Report future where printing may not even be necessary.
Therefore a focus on R&D into Tablets for the Corporate World, where they had always been making their big profits as well as a renewed focus on Cloud Printing as prescribed in my blog article entitled “Windows 8 Tablets and Cloud Printing - Tifa Spell's Out Microsoft's Super 8 Advantage” is what is most needed to get HP back in the Corporate PC Game.
This is surprising, as after all the hoopla in 2010AD and the eventual launch of the HP TouchPad in the Second Quarter of 2011AD as stated in my blog article entitled “Apple iPad vs Huawei MediaPad & HP TouchPad - Hackers say this is As Good as it Gets”, HP let everybody down.
In the Fourth Quarter of 2011AD, amid Corporate Management shake-ups, the announced that they were getting out of the PC and Tablet making business altogether as recorded sadly in my blog article entitled “HP gets out of PC, TouchPad and WebOS Business - Apple iPad's victim A long Time Ago in Mexico”.
Fire sales of the once promising HP TouchPad ensued at Stores across the US of A as chronicled in my Geezam blog article entitled “WebOS powered HP TouchPad for US$99 – HP exits PC business in Apple’s Post-PC era”.
One particular group of Android enthusiasts made me hope for a revival of the HP Touchpad hardware by their attempts to shoehorn Canonicals’ Ubuntu onto the Tablet as stated in the article “'Touchdroid' bringing Android to HP TouchPad”, published AUGUST 22, 2011 10:40 AM PDT By Eric Mack, CNET News and “HP TouchPad becomes a low-cost Ubuntu tablet”, published August 22, 2011, 2:17pm PT By Kevin C. Tofel, GigaOM.
I personally hoped that other groups of Modders [American colloquial: hardware and software modifiers] would have begun experimenting with the idea of a Cloud-Based Tablet using Google Chrome OS instead of Google Android as noted in my blog article entitled “HP TouchPad a target for Modders - PopCaan Raving Chicken Run Lazarus effect for Cloud-Based Chrome OS Tablet”.
I even held out hopes for a WebOS revival. But alas this latest news dashes one set of dreams for WebOS beating Nokia + Microsoft for second place in the Global Market share race with Google Android by 2015AD as stated in my blog article entitled “Nokia + Microsoft vs HP Web OS - Gartner's Ocean's Eleven Plan to Rob the Casino
my blog article entitled the Apple iPad, Apple iPhones and their Distant Relatives, Android powered Tablets and smartphones.
Even better, Tablets made running Windows 8, Microsoft software most people are familiar with and most likely to use to get work done in what can be described as HP’s Resident Evil Retribution for Printing.