Operating Systems Wars are BACK – HP want’s to be your operating system

HP unveiled it’s operating system offering for phones, tablets, and….. PC’s
So where is this going? Microsoft has been publicly chasing all things cloud for a while, so it may not come as a surprise that the folks who make the hardware may believe that the days for selling a device with an OS are limited, if Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync are all running as cloud based pay per use apps, or similar.

 

What does this mean to the consumer?

Perhaps a huge choice of devices which connect to cloud based apps. Whatever OS is running (or not running) on the device/tablet/whatever may not be of technical consequence anymore, but more of a personal preference.

 

What’s my take on this?

I see a huge deployed user base of PC’s, laptops and the usual enterprise real estate. If cloud apps/services/whatever else is going to take off to the point where things are projected, it’s because there are massive, tangible, no-brainer advantages to the consumer and corporate customer alike. Efficiencies of scale is only one of the arguments here and making the end user device one of many possible devices is both good and bad, especially from a support point of view.

As with many things, we’ll all find  as the swell of popularity rises enough to offer some direction as to where it’s going.

The end consumers are critical in my estimation of trying to ascertain where cloud is going, and I’d like to say that tablets are only part of the picture, since while they are convenient, they don’t offer a workhorse form factor that you can strap to an office desk!

Nicolas Blank

Nicolas is an Architect, author, and speaker focused on all things Exchange and Cloud at NBConsult. With over 16 years of experience on Exchange, Nicolas consults to customers globally on cloud based and on-premises Exchange as well as ISVs building Exchange focused products. Nicolas has extensive experience using Azure to create public and private Azure based offerings leveraging cloud based principles and common sense. Nicolas currently holds status of MCM Exchange 2010, Office 365 (Microsoft Certified Master), MCSM Exchange 2013, and has been awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Microsoft Exchange since March 2007. Nicolas has co-authored "Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging Solution," published by Sybex. Nicolas blogs regularly on Exchange and messaging topics at blankmanblog.com, tweets at @nicolasblank, and is the founder of and a contributor to IT Pro Africa itproafrica.com and @itproafrica

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