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Last week, DownloadSquad’s Lee Matthews discovered some public repository files that referenced three hardware manufacturers: Dell, Acer and HP. A few days later, those files were then replaced by a different listing that included some legacy hardware such as Amiga, Atari and Commodore, among others.
This has got to mean something. One thing that jumped out in my mind when Matthews first reported this story was that Dell is not on the official list of hardware partners. When I contacted a source who is working closely with some official partners on hardware about Dell, I was told that there are no new announcements for the time being.
It seems the three manufacturers and there repository files on the Chromium site point to the logical conclusion that they will be the first companies associated with official Chrome OS products. It’s a different move than the route that was taken for Android where a more upstart company, HTC, took the first leap into the mobile OS and rode that platform to the success that it is today. I really don’t see HTC having the same spotlight it now holds with smartphones if it had continued down the Windows Mobile path it was on a few years ago.
Regardless, I have a great deal of respect for Dell, Acer and HP as longstanding companies producing computer hardware. The fact that they are getting behind this project further validates to me that Chrome OS will be a strong competitor in the consumer computing market over the coming years.
It is being reported that Microsoft will delay the release of Windows Mobile version 7 until some time in 2011. This is a significant amount of time to hold off for a release from Redmond since it was expected that they were going to release a new version sometime in the latter half of 2010.
Microsoft recently released an updated Windows Moblie 6.5 in 2009, but it was not a complete makeover of their previous version and does little to compete with the explosion of new device that are being released sporting other mobile operating systems, including Android.
It’s entirely possible that Microsoft has decided to team up with another tech bellweather to try to come up with a possible competitor to Chrome OS and/or Android. I’m starting to think that perhaps Microsoft will concede the mobile phone market to Google, Apple and Research in Motion. They may decide that it is not a profitable market and perhaps they will only focus on netbooks and smartbooks. It makes sense, as their expertise is in computing – not smartphones. It is not outside of expectations that the new Windows Mobile will actually not be for phones at all.
Windows Mobile 6.5 reviews at its release were not impressive. Perhaps Microsoft should just focus on making their computer operating systems better. Because there are soon going to be free operating systems for mobile computing that may fare better than Windows will.