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

Is HP kicking webOS out the door? We could know by tonight.
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Written by Rachel King, Staff Writer on

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.

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