Whitman saw what I saw: The younger demographic has already left Windows PCs, and they are all using Apple MacBooks. No matter what she would do to perfect working capital management or cutting a middle manager layer, this cost-cutting would do nothing to the Windows PC revenue decline that is secular in nature. Then she went to her neighbors in Palo Alto. Tim Cook won't license his Mac OS to HP -- or anyone else. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, however, were more than thrilled to help Whitman see a new light in HP's PC tunnel. So they licensed her their beloved Chrome OS. But what future is there in Chrome OS? Isn't Microsoft Windows dominant? Chrome OS is now in 3,000 U.S. schools, and the entire public school system of Malaysia. As Lenin said, if you catch them while they're young they'll be loyal party members.
With three USB ports, one HDMI and one wired Ethernet, the HP Chromebook has plenty of ports. The battery is tiny, but removable. I never got it to last more than four hours typing my articles. It needs to be at least 50%-100% larger. Furthermore, this first HP Chromebook lacks LTE. I normally use LTE all the time because I'm paranoid about using WiFi. For this reason, I had to connect this laptop to my smartphone's LTE modem instead of connecting it directly to AT&T ( T), Verizon ( VZ), T-Mobile or Sprint ( S). The CPU speed and fan noise were both perfectly fine. It's quiet as a Tesla ( TSLA) and whip-snap fast for basic productivity. There is nothing wrong with the performance of this HP Chromebook -- other than the obvious lack of advanced gaming capability. Then again, I work -- I don't play games or watch Netflix ( NFLX). I type articles; I don't edit photos or pretend to be a DJ.
- Create a product family. One 14-inch laptop is good, but also launch 12-, 13- and 15-inch models, plus a desktop PC and all-in-one PCs. Improve the keyboard and try to match the trackpads from Apple, Samsung and Google. Offer models with embedded LTE for those of us on the road or paranoid about security. Increase the size of the battery so that it is at least six to eight hours, preferably 10+. As soon as Google is ready, HP needs to be the first to offer the Chromephones and Chromepads I described in these two articles on Tuesday and yesterday.