HP Dumps Vista 7 for Linux, Hires Vice President From Microsoft as Software Head, Then Brings Back Vista 7
Summary: The possible role of appointments from Microsoft (entryism) — the HP edition and an example from Lenovo
As a recap, HP dumped Vista 7 from the Slate and made it official that it was moving to Linux. Only weeks later a 20-year Microsoft senior executive (who spoke to Ballmer just before his departure) became the vice president in charge of software and solutions business at HP. Now we hear about Vista 7 coming back. Coincidence? Maybe.
One company which we previously showed to be filling itself up with former Microsoft executives is Lenovo. We gave several examples. According to some news, “Lenovo to launch Android tablet by year’s end,” but commenters in Linux Today are still sceptical given the company’s track record when it comes Linux, especially after Microsoft executives got the top spots there.
Dubbed “LePad,” the tablet will run Google’s Android operating system, according to comments made by Liu Jun, senior vice president for Lenovo Group, as reported by TradingMarkets.com and other sources. Details are few so far, and there’s no word from Lenovo or other sources on whether the tablet will venture abroad after its initial debut in China.
As Lenovo lost its spine after accepting management from Microsoft, one commenter says:
lenovo will release a tablet with android just as a stop gap.. as soon as MS dictates to them that they have to stop and support anything in the form of a tablet MS puts out they will drop the android OS like a hot potatoe..
Those who ignore the role of former Microsoft executives inside companies like HP and Lenovo are conveniently blinding themselves to the way industry works. █