It’s Friday and time for the Windows 8 quote(s) of the day.
Today’s champion is HP CEO Meg Whitman with her quotes from her interview with CRN.
From the CEO:
My son once lived in the city and commuted to a start-up in Silicon Valley. He got an iPad so he could [work on the train]. Two weeks later, he gave it back to [me] and said, ‘I can’t do what I need to do here. I need all the productivity tools, I need PowerPoint. I can’t actually be head of business development for this company on an iPad.’ This notion of these ultrathin, very lightweight, very powerful machines that have backward compatibility, that you can do real work on, I think have a real role in the future of the enterprise — particularly if we can get them down to a price point that’s a bit more affordable for an enterprise.
We have to have a tablet offering. We will be back in that business. We’re coming back into the market with a Windows 8 tablet, first on an x86 chip and then maybe on an ARM chip. We’ll see. I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to do that. Windows 8, we don’t know when the delivery is for that software on an ARM chip.
I think our sweet spot has to be around security. This whole security thing is a big worry, not just for big enterprises but also for medium enterprises and small and medium businesses.
So if we can provide devices that consumers really want — and by the way, employees are consumers, too — and we can provide a tablet offering, then we have an opportunity to solve problems for the enterprise and small- and medium-business segments, with products that their employees like and are also secure in terms of protecting the enterprise’s data.
It’s really interesting how these companies talk about how they can compete with the Ipad and Apple just continue to execute.
HP and a lot of these other vendors are really on edge waiting for Windows 8 to be delivered. It’s becoming very clear that an unsuccessful Windows 8 will take down a lot of other companies for the next few years.
The Ipad is a juggernaut.