Microsoft dove headfirst into the hardware business this week with its new flagship Surface tablets. Competition drives innovation, and now four of the biggest tech companies – Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft – have different takes on the touchscreen. Eliot and Jon discussed the implications in this week’s RWW hangout.
Here are links to the posts and topics we talked about:
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Source: [Video] Surface vs. iPad vs. Kindle Fire vs…. Chrome Tablet?
Categories: readwriteweb Apple Microsoft, Apple-Microsoft, competition drives, google, hardware business, iPad, Jon, Pacific, Rusty, surface, tablet, video, week
A number of readers submitted rumors about a few announcements HP was to make today. Now that has actually happened and the news looks grim. For starters they are exiting the tablet and phone market
and repositioning webOS for use in appliances and vehicles. While confirming they are in talks
to acquire Autonomy
, they also announced they are considering exiting the PC hardware business
entirely in order to focus on their software business.
Source: HP Spinning Off WebOS and Exiting Hardware Business
blackbearnh writes “Brian Aker, former Sun MySQL guy, and current proponent of the Drizzle MySQL fork, gave O’Reilly Radar an update on where MySQL is at the moment. During the interview, he was asked to speculate on Oracle’s original motives for acquiring Sun. ‘IBM has been moving their P Series systems into datacenter after datacenter, replacing Sun-based hardware. I believe that Oracle saw this and asked themselves “What is the next thing that IBM is going to do?” That’s easy. IBM is going to start pushing DB2 and the rest of their software stack into those environments. Now whether or not they’ll be successful, I don’t know. I suspect once Oracle reflected on their own need for hardware to scale up on, they saw a need to dive into the hardware business. I’m betting that they looked at Apple’s margins on hardware, and saw potential in doing the same with Sun’s hardware business. I’m sure everything else Sun owned looked nice and scrumptious, but Oracle bought Sun for the hardware.’”
Source: Explaining Oracle’s Sun Takeover — “For the Hardware”
Categories: slashdot Brian Aker, business, Database, Drizzle, hardware, hardware business, hardware source, IBM, MySQL, Oracle, P Series, software stack, sun, sun ibm