Ceding the Crown

As ever, Gruber hits the nail on the head with so much vigour I feel compelled to share his piece:

The desire for the “Oh, how the mighty Apple has fallen” narrative is so strong that the narrative is simply being stated as fact, evidence to the contrary be damned. It’s reported as true simply because they want it to be true. They’re declaring “The King is dead; long live the King” not because the king has actually died or abdicated the throne, but because they’re bored with the king and want to write a new coronation story.

HP, Google, Android and Microsoft

Speaking of Gruber, his take on the HP/Android situation matches mine. Quoting Taylor Wimberly, John writes:

It’s a bit of a Hail Mary pass for HP, which has fallen years behind its rivals in the mobile space. It’s also a big win for Google, which adds another powerful partner to the Android ecosystem.

And a loss for Microsoft. This might add some context to Microsoft’s recent investment in Dell — HP seemingly doesn’t see a future in Windows or Windows Phone.

Microsoft’s stake in the recent Dell buyout is starting to look pretty defensive.