HP Working on Their Own Desktop OS?

Interesting report by Aaron Ricadela at BusinessWeek:

The ecosystem that Microsoft has built up around its Windows operating system is showing signs of strain. In one of several recent moves by partners that sell or support the company’s software, Hewlett-Packard, the world’s No. 1 PC maker, has quietly assembled a group of engineers to develop software that will let customers bypass certain features of Vista, the latest version of Windows. Employees on a separate skunk works team are even angling to replace Windows with an HP-assembled operating system, say three sources close to the company.

It’d be a big bite to chew, but if there’s any company in the world that could do it, it might be HP. I hope it’s true.

Monday, 15 September 2008