It is hard to compete when the Android OS and iOS are absolutely dominating the market. HP made a good choice in abandoning a possible lost cause, and that action could have prevented them from losing even more cash in the future. Focusing at what they do best, making PCs, would allow them to get a stronger foothold in the PC market.
Kathy - http://www.cartridgeshop.co.uk
I actually ran BeOS, and loved it; albeit unfinished, it was a really great OS -- both from a developer's and a user's perspective.
It's not the first (and doubtless not the last) time that I've seen innovative and superior products 'fail' in the marketplace... "build a better mousetrap, and the world will erase the path to your door".
Another way to explain HP's strategy to go out of PC's and tablets and buying a software company in stead is this:
F*uck you, customers !
Apologies for the rough word I use here, but one word can tell as much as 1000 pictures ;-)
This is a problem of our time. I still have HP equipment on my bench, still working. Some of it is from the '70's. This is an amazing achievement in analog and digital design. It is also an achievement how quickly a bunch of lousy managers can destroy a company and it's name....
It is a pity to hear about this news. HP management seems has lost their mind and I just don't know what they can do in the future. Anyway, it marks the end of Palm in the history! Palm was once a miracle and it shocks many people (including me) to see the Palm3. Palm5 was a piece of art at that time!
It's obvious to me, based on the immediate sellout of their WEBOS Tablets over the weekend that they would have done MUCH better by lowballing their ASP. Everyone in my office area is willing to pay $99 for one but they are now unavailable.
Some interesting comments from Jean-Lois Gassee at http://www.mondaynote.com/2011/08/21/hp-what-leo-apothekerís-decisions-mean/
Just a reminder: JLG was on Palm's Board of Directors. He was also "the fearless leader" of Be Inc, maker of BeOS, which went belly up and was sold to Palm. Palm was planning to use BeOS into Palm Cobalt but went belly up and it was sold to HP. HP tried to turn it into WebOS and it went belly up and it is going to be sold to ...