Following in the footsteps of Apple and Google, Hewlett-Packard let slip the other day that they plan to load their mobile operating system, WebOS, onto every personal computer that they ship in 2012. Google's Chrome OS is already on laptops and Apple is moving a lot of features from its iOS into the next version of its desktop Mac OS X software.
For HP, it's a logical move to set up for the day when so much of our digital stuff and even software will be based in the cloud. Microsoft Windows and all its baggage won't be the best OS for that scenario. And, not to sound like a broken record, it also sets HP up for the emergence of smart phones so powerful they will have all the processing power, storage and connectivity regular people need to do any task they now do on PCs. Think about the overpriced but prescient Motorola Atrix 4G phone which can power a laptop or desktop computing setup with the right adapters.
Not everybody gets it. Matt Rosoff whines about the HP move:
But right now, the idea of putting a tablet (or smartphone) operating system next to Windows on a PC makes about as much sense as trying to squeeze the full version of Windows down into a tablet.
-Business Insider, March 9, 2011
Apparently, Matt is big on skating to where the puck was, not to where it's going to be.