Linux, MacOS, and Windows 7: Is the Future of the Desktop Google, Cisco or the iPhone?: Page 2

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The closest thing in market is the HP Touchsmart as showcased by this video. And the closest thing out of market is Microsoft Surface as seen in this video. Taking from one of the videos, think of the possibilities. Compare these Apple Leopard, then look at the iPhone. Now look at what they should have launched.

It amazes me the number of people who have told me that, with a little improvement, their iPhone could replace their laptop (and they’d likely shift back to a desktop for office and home). I just can’t believe Apple is blind to this and think Steve is just trying to get Leopard out the door so he can shift resources to create an iPhone like PC (and iPod). Apple clearly could move into the enterprise but first they have to create a product as compelling for the desktop as they did with their phone.

Will Cisco or Google Be Your New Desktop Vendor of Choice?

Both companies understand that the future is a connected world and that very high speeds over the network will allow things to be done remotely that require a local PC today.

One new technology making the rounds in the Valley is from Teradici, a little company that may have made Google’s and Cisco’s dream of putting everything in the cloud a reality. They make a little part that will allow you to securely, and with minimal bandwidth, remote a full rich desktop experience over the network ,shifting all of the PC pain to a service provider. While I doubt they will remain independent for long, they are likely to have a huge impact on the future of our PCs at work and at home.

Google is initially more focused on the consumer, but clearly is building a business play in the background, while Cisco’s play is more blended, as their VoIP phones shift more and more capability from the desktop and their new set top boxes make home PCs redundant. p> At the core of Google’s strategy to displace Windows is not a PC, but a Web-based set of products that make the OS, any OS, trivial, and focus the advancement on the Web were the value, and the revenue (which will flow to Google) will reside.


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