HP expected to decide webOS fate at all-hands meeting today

Summary:Is HP kicking webOS out the door? We could know by tonight.

Hewlett-Packard is expected to reveal the fate of webOS as soon as tonight.

According to The Verge, HP will be holding an all-hands meeting today at 4:30PM PST after the U.S. markets close. The meeting will be led by CEO Meg Whitman and will most likely cover webOS.

Considering that Whitman held up her promise that a decision about the PC unit would be made within a few months of her appointment, an imminent decision about webOS is highly probable.

There is room to believe that HP will sell off its webOS properties and resources -- especially considering that Whitman noted in a recent conference call that HP will focus on Windows 8 tablets. Even the HP Slate got a another chance.

The webOS 3.0-based HP TouchPad was discontinued just a month after being released this summer -- although that one proved to be a popular product once the price dropped to $99.

Names of Silicon Valley giants have been tossed around as potential buyers, including Oracle, which might be a long shot although it would boost Oracle's patent portfolio in its battle against Google.

Who knows? Maybe even RIM will buy up webOS.


Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Enterprise Software, Mobile OS


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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