HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

Summary: HP says it will cut jobs in the webOS division, as reports suggest it could be over 500 employees facing the chop. Could webOS still be spun-off or sold-off somewhere?

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Following HP's decision earlier in the summer to wind down the PC and tablet group, and spin or sell off the Palm division, the company has confirmed it will lay off employees, particularly in the webOS section of operations.

Reports suggest that sources close to the company say that HP has plans to lay off over 500 employees, and that the redundancies could begin as early as this week.

HP is reported to have confirmed the layoffs were under way, but declined to comment on the figure.

The company which had been struggling in the PC and tablet space decided to close the division in August after a poor sales outlook. After which, the HP TouchPad as the companies last webOS-based tablet went through an extraordinary fire sale, where prices for the tablet plummeted. Tens of thousands bought the tablet, making it one of the most sought after devices of the summer.

In the company's tablet division's demise; it actually made the tablet popular.

However, an internal memo from HP management suggested that employees could be the last people to buy the HP TouchPad, as the company ceased production of the tablet and seeks to clear existing inventories.

Since the fire sale, HP produced an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 extra devices to satisfy demand for unfulfilled orders on the now defunct device.

While reports suggest a first-come, first-serve basis, the greatly reduced in price tablet could sell as less than $99 for a 32GB TouchPad internally once the sale begins.

Since August, HP is considering licensing part of all of its webOS operating system to third party companies. Samsung expressed interest, but denied that it would buy the ageing operating system, originally bought from Palm in 2010.

Some believe Facebook could be the saviour to the operating system 'in stasis', but could serve as "huge distraction" for the company at a time where the world's largest social network is focusing on battling others in the social arena.

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Topics: Operating Systems, CXO, Hewlett-Packard, Mobile OS, IT Employment

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  • RE: HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

    Umm, wouldn't it be smarter to spin the employees off with the product?
    slickjim
    • RE: HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

      @Peter Perry It would if they had a serious buyer in serious talks. They might believe it's going to take many months to sell off if at all so will cost them less doing the layoffs now.
      non-biased
  • RE: HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

    That may be why HP is making this public noise.. if someone were to buy them, any suitor would want the people that know the technology too...so maybe trying to force a deal for WebOS?
    hjenkins1
  • RE: HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

    I just got a $ 829.99 iP??d2 for only $ 103.37 and my mom got a $ 1498.99 HDTV for only $ 251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an id!ot to ever pay full ret??il pr??c??s at plac??s like W??lm??rt or B??stbuy. I sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $ 600 that I only paid $ 78.24 for. I use <a href="http://goo.gl/jltwR" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://goo.gl/jltwR</a>
    RonGuys
    • RE: HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

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  • RE: HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

    How cold would it be if the 500 people got the pink slip the day before the employee Touchpad sale began? If getting layed off, I would go out kicking and screaming for one.

    If not, 500 more touchpads to the public.
    Fat Albert 1
  • RE: HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

    All this does it confirms that no-one wants a used OS - at least, not at whatever price HP are holding out for. This is either cynical brinkmanship, using staff as blackmail - or it's all over bar a significant price cut.

    And OSs are a buyer's market right now, if they're a market at all.
    Heenan73
  • Ageing [sic] operating system?

    "Samsung expressed interest, but denied that it would buy the ageing operating system, originally bought from Palm in 2010."

    Wait. The TouchPad comes with version 3 of WebOS. The HP crew (late of Palm) spent a few months updating it to include the likes of NodeJS and the new Enyo framework (announced only last November, not even a year ago).

    ... and it's "ageing" [sic ... again]? Then iOS must *really* be old at version 5. and Heaven help us, Chrome is at version 14 - ready to be tossed out with the garden refuse.

    C'mon. Leave the yellow journalism to the experts, Fox News.
    Olderdan
    • RE: HP confirms layoffs; Cutting 500 jobs at webOS division

      [i]C'mon. Leave the yellow journalism to the experts, Fox News.[/i]

      You were doing good until that last statement.
      ScorpioBlue
  • they shouldn't give it up on touchpad

    I have been searching for touch pad. I heard that it has incredible sound. I would like to use it for music I thought. And, I thought what would I want from tablet? web surfings, music, word processing, calendar. So, touchpad has it all. I finally ordered one from website that was going on sale. I paid 50 more dollars than original sales but it was good sales. Ebay sells more than 200. I wanted one for my friend who is struggling fitting in New York City. I wanted cheer him up and I wanted for myself if that's what they saying is true as their music sound is incredible. I purchased only one to test. I would pay 500 for only music, and some web surfing ability. I remember those gadgets were over 500. I think they could still have chance. For now, they could make some bucks from ad, and then something else. Droid has no future. I think they are going too far with adding on. It's slow and bugging. Pandora doesn't work all the time. I am sure their app is excellent since they are the one who made small operational system for so long. THey have know how. Touchpad is only the tablet with true multi-tasking! They must know how to make things run smooth. I was whinning for a while because everyone was showing off what they have gotten and even some purchased bunch and selling it ebay as if they have gotten it expensively. I hated that so I was not happy with people saying that they should dump blah blah, but now I got one! I just hope that they don't cancel my order otherwise I will be bitching. Next sales, they should limit the sales to 1 per 1 customers or 2. They should limit the quantity, then people won't bitch anymore. HP shall resurrect!
    calmmie
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