Mobile Computing’s real influence

How are you interpreting all of the mobile computing craze that is influencing technology today. There is plenty of attention required for the cellular market where the phone is almost a computing alternative. Of course the pad market is creating the most action especially with new competition for the iPad. Is the app market the critical piece of the equation? I think the most significant influence from mobile computing will be the operating system. iOS, WebOS, Android and Chrome capture my attention.

This became clear when HP released their WebOS based Touchpad and complimentary phones. How will they compete against the incredible Apple lineup. How can they compete against the most profitable retail distribution network ever devised? As they showed off the Touch lineup I was sufficiently impressed with their confidence and some bold moves like the real multitasking, the Touchstone, Flash support and phone pairing. But I didn’t get it just yet. I actually asked why didn’t they give us options for a USB thumb drive. Dah, I was still thinking file exchange, but there is no file system. The Internet is the file system, and that is finally starting to make sense.

There is a significant change taking place here. As the tech industry stretches to adapt to our mobile world they are helping us to break out of the classic computing model dependent upon direct access to a file system. Apple showed us an alternative to Microsoft Windows, but their strategy leveraged entertainment and control. Brilliant as it has been I now think the door is open for mainstream computing to explore these simplified internet based operating systems to satisfy all of our computing needs. HP just may be a winner with WebOS across phone, pad and laptop. Combine that with their own manufacturing and they may be able to offset Apple’s app empire. iOS apps are wonderful, but an efficient mobile computing platform with the critical apps and a rich Web platform will be more then adequate.

Google is in the game as well assuming Android blends effectively with Chrome. BTW, the Chrome laptop is impressive and more then adequate as a business computer. Unfortunately this trend of the internet file system does not play well for Microsoft’s old integrated Office Suite strategy. Who would have thought that their greater challenge would be to separate and simplify their office programs. But they will live on as the huge installed base slowly transitions and those who fear the loss of internet connectivity believe tradition is the way. Microsoft should design Windows to become the base station or server for all of these mobile platforms. Every home may still need that at least for backup.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education came from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on February 14, 2011, in Android, Google, HP, iOS, WebOS and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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