There are two interesting trends for the past 10 years for some big IT companies. On one side, led by IBM, many traditional hardware companies have been transforming themselves from hardware companies to software or service companies. Take the example of IBM. IBM was once one of the largest maker for PC hardware, laptop, monitor, hard drive, etc. Now it has sold almost all of its PC business and becomes one of the largest software and service providers. On the other side, traditional pure software companies like Microsoft and Google are moving into the lower margin hardware area. Isn't it interesting?
Microsoft has already had Zune, XBOX, Surface, Keyboard/Mouse, Webcam, etc. And Google just pushed its Nexus One (http://www.google.com/phone). People are talking when Google is going to have its own Netbook or Smartbook (we will talk about them this week) based on Chrome OS or Android OS (http://infoworld.com/d/mobilize/building-google-smartbook-dream-machine-877). It seems Google is trying to build a platform and challenge Microsoft's Windows. What do you think about Google's move?
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