In an article in the Herald I called Chrome (over Linux) as the most significant software to be released this year.
I’ve covered my reasons why before, and this is becoming more obvious to the wider industry.
PC’s are dropping to sub $US500 products will quickly drop to less than $US200.
NYTimes: $200 Laptops Break a Business Model.
I was thinking NetBooks were inevitable just because of technology but of course the recession is creating an additional driver.
Hoping to save money, Arista Networks, a start-up based in Menlo Park, Calif., has much of its internal technology processes online, or “in the cloud.” Instead of buying its own hardware and software systems from the likes of Microsoft and Oracle, it opted for e-mail and online document services from Google and online sales and manufacturing software from Netsuite, based in San Mateo, Calif.
It is spending a fifth of what it would be for traditional technology, said Jayshree Ullal, Arista’s chief executive.
She smells a trend. “I think 80 percent of the new high-tech and small to mid-size companies are doing what we’re doing,” she said.
The NetBook trend will change the landscape especially in the small business accounting space – an industry that that has not been that innovative and lacked competition.
This has happened before. The dot-com bust earlier in the decade dragged down high-fliers like Sun Microsystems and America Online but set the stage for a new generation of Web powerhouses like Google and other innovative Internet software companies like Salesforce.com, founded on disrupting the status quo.