HP's limboed webOS decision expected 'within two weeks'

HP's limboed webOS decision expected 'within two weeks'

Summary: Meg Whitman, HP's chief executive, told a French newspaper that a decision on the company's webOS division will be made in the next two weeks.

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Speaking to French newspaper Le Figaro, HP's chief executive Meg Whitman said in an interview that the decision surrounding the future of its webOS division will be made "in the next two weeks".

Though no indications were given as to whether the mobile operating system's division will stay or go, she said that the "team of 600 people [is] in limbo" awaiting the decision, adding that it will not be an easy choice to make.

Whitman said during the interview that HP needed "to have another operating system", indicating that either webOS could stage a comeback, or the company could pave the way to acquire another operating system for its hardware devices.

Former HP CEO Leo Apotheker made the decision to kill off the Personal Systems Group (PSG), which incorporates webOS development, tablet and consumer PC manufacturing teams. But when Whitman arrived in the role, she effectively reversed this decision and embraced the company's hardware roots.

Earlier this month, Whitman was reportedly poised to decide the fate of the webOS division, but instead told employees at an all-hands meeting on November 8th that she was still considering the group's fate.

At least now the webOS team has a firm timeline of when the sword will fall, or whether the group will be reinvented and rejuvenated as something else.

In the interview, as reported by AllThingsD, Whitman conceded that should the iPad count as a PC, then Apple will likely take the crown as the world's top vendor of PCs. Whitman said should that be the case, then 2013 will be the year where HP tries to reclaim its pride of place as the world's leading manufacturer.

In killing off the HP TouchPad tablet during the summer after the company suffered poor hardware sales in the division, the firesale that followed gave the tablet a lease of life. Though HP lost millions in the reduced-price sale, the company still reported a marginal increase on revenue up by 1 percent from last year.

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

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  • Limbo Huh?

    Check this out! It doesn't look like it is in Limbo to me.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055D66V4/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d5_g147_i4?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0ZT470BF01FPM2TP5367&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846
    slickjim
  • RE: HP's limboed webOS decision expected 'within two weeks'

    Peter Perry-your link doesn't mean anything as far as what the article is about. It's just a sales ad for the touchpad. It doesn't mean HP won't just announce that they dropped their webOS division within the next 2 weeks. So yes webOS is still very much in limbo, especially with the announcement that new HP touchpads will be with Windows 8.

    I think HP should keep webOS. HP spent too much on webOS to just eat the cost. They could just copy what Amazon did with Kindle Fire and make their money on software/product tie-in with their own app store.
    step69
  • RE: HP's limboed webOS decision expected 'within two weeks'

    Today is 11/30/2011; so, in 2 weeks she will decide ? Well simple math; 2 wks will be Dec 15 th; smack in the Xtmas season; almost 1 million Americans who own a "fire sale touchpads"; can HP afford to loose a "self inflicted Golden opportunity"; hell no !
    Shlomopr
  • Skimmed

    Might as well let it go at this point. By now, the best people have already left for other jobs. The people still stuck there are the ones nobody else wanted.
    Robert Hahn
  • RE: HP's limboed webOS decision expected 'within two weeks'

    "Whitman conceded that should the iPad count as a PC, then Apple will likely take the crown as the world???s top vendor of PCs."

    Anyone notice this statement?
    This a real paradigm shift for Apple to be #1 or even #2 or #3.
    In less than 2 years? Impossible! Can't be true. The iPad is not a computer! It's a toy. "Revolutionary and Magical", Steve Jobs.
    data ferret