NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Way the heck back in September 2012 I wrote Meg Whitman and HP: Everything That Is Wrong With Tech. That was on the heels of the Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CEO saying because everybody else is doing a smartphone, we'll have to do one as well.
And now, here we are, nearly a full 16 freaking months later and we'll get a smartphone from HP aimed at low-end, emerging markets. Toss another piece of dead weight on to the lame "other" category that slums beneath Apple (AAPL) and Samsung.
Meg Whitman offers hope for the incompetent: If I can fool the Board of Directors of and investors in a multinational corporation with my five-year plan, you can surely find a way to pull the wool over your boss's eyes.
Anyhow, on the same weekend we receive word about HP's latest "innovation," we learn that Microsoft (MSFT) is hard at work on Windows 9, rumored codename Threshold and slated for release in 2015.
As the great Steve Kovach put it to lead off an excellent analysis over at Business Insider:
Microsoft Is Going To Try And Save The Imploding PC Market With Another New Version Of Windows
But, as Kovach's piece clearly illustrates, Microsoft isn't in a position to save a damn thing. Word that we'll soon hear about Windows 9 validates Microsoft's miserable failure with Windows 8. It just did not solve the one device for everything in your life "problem."