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HP: WebOS Will Be On Every PC We Ship in 2012

By - Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek | B 32 comments

And you thought you'd have to get a Veer or HP TouchPad to get your hands on WebOS!

Last month HP unveiled a whole line of devices utilizing the WebOS operating system it gained when it acquired Palm last year. However, it seems a brand spanking new line of WebOS mobile devices was just the tip of the iceberg; HP plans to put WebOS on a lot more of its machines. In fact, by next year, it’s going to be on all of them.

Speaking to Bloomberg, HP CEO Leo Apotheker said that starting in 2012, every one of HP’s PCs will be shipped with the ability to run WebOS as well as Windows.

Speaking to the Seattle Times, Phil McKinney, CTO of HP's personal systems group, said the company's new approach would be "a combination of taking the existing operating systems and bringing WebOS onto those platforms and making it universal across all of our footprint."

According to Bloomberg, the aim of including WebOS is to encourage developers to develop applications for more than just phones and tablets. The end result is hopefully differentiating HP PCs, printers, tablets and phones from competitors' products.

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    dragonsqrrl , March 9, 2011 11:25 PM
    Interesting, I didn't realize HP was developing a version of WebOS for the desktop/laptop market.
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2011 11:32 PM
    This is NOT going to work very well for HP....
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    MAGPC , March 9, 2011 11:35 PM
    HP, I don't like Microsoft.
    But, in desktops, they are their region of absolute power, even I would not change to webOS.
    Remember, Microsoft is not Google or Apple.
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    cruiseoveride , March 9, 2011 11:44 PM
    Just make Ubuntu default and call it a day.
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    jkflipflop98 , March 10, 2011 12:15 AM
    cruiseoverideJust make Ubuntu default and call it a day.

    Either way I have to spend an hour formatting the crapware off my new computer and installing a fresh copy of Win7
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    dkant1n , March 10, 2011 12:20 AM
    I would like to see Microsoft's reaction to this. Currently HP is their largest client
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    User69 , March 10, 2011 12:35 AM
    They must be pretty damn confident to make a such a bold move to put it on all of their PC's. Hopefully this brings more competition to the market. Good for HP to take a risk.
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    PreferLinux , March 10, 2011 12:56 AM
    Can you read??? They are putting WebOS on there along with Windoze or whatever else.
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    XD_dued , March 10, 2011 1:42 AM
    PreferLinuxCan you read??? They are putting WebOS on there along with Windoze or whatever else.

    Yea this is supposed to be something like asus express gate it seems like. So if you need to do something quickly you can boot into WebOS, and for more intensive things Windows.
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    zoemayne , March 10, 2011 2:23 AM
    yea they cant just drop windows this will be like a dual boot thing or a situation where it defaults to windows. they cant just switch to another OS which doesnt have a large base of programs openly available which can do everything windows can.
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    eddieroolz , March 10, 2011 2:25 AM
    Perhaps dual boot, but why would the regular consumer care? All they want to do is facebook, YouTube and looking for porn.
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2011 2:37 AM
    Comon peepz, use your brains. webOS is NOT replacing Windows.
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    alidan , March 10, 2011 4:19 AM
    PreferLinuxCan you read??? They are putting WebOS on there along with Windoze or whatever else.

    i can see good coming from this, a easy to use bios for dual booting... its not just for the higher end users any more. was never able to set one up myself, even though i want to dual boot xp and xp (a same hdd mirror, incase one instance dies, i don't have to switch hard drives)
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    bachok83 , March 10, 2011 4:40 AM
    They have said it, they want to be just as 'cool' as Apple. I seriously hope they can pull this off.

    It is no easy task. Mac OS/Windows has been there for years (decades?). This is no easy task.
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    sudeshc , March 10, 2011 7:21 AM
    Bring it on HP really happy with this move of HP, but this could lead to disaster too.
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    alidan , March 10, 2011 9:52 AM
    bachok83They have said it, they want to be just as 'cool' as Apple. I seriously hope they can pull this off. It is no easy task. Mac OS/Windows has been there for years (decades?). This is no easy task.

    bring on a cheap os that can play games (new ones), can handel ms products (word, excel, things buisnesses use) retain the feal of windows xp, but ability to look like and feal os 10 or 7 (not in os, but through usere made content)
    and possibly a 3rd party direct x likes standard. opengl is way to lax at the moment, and is non competitive with dx11 if i am correct. you need an opengl like standard thats easy to port code to, or be willing to outsource programers to companies to optomise for that engine.

    you would need in total, 2billion for the os from scratch, and another 2 billion minimum for the new graphical standard, possibly buying whoever holds opengl may be a less costly solution.

    if i had the money i would totaly do this for the sole reason of i like the idea.
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    dimar , March 10, 2011 9:54 AM
    Just make regular hard drives with integrated 32GB of 500MB/s SSD just for windows. Make windows 8 to automatically put Windows files on SSD, and Program Files, documents, and swap file on HDD. Fast boot issue solved.
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    hoofhearted , March 10, 2011 10:50 AM
    If they want even a hint of consumer acceptance:

    (1) There better not be a load of pre-loaded shovel or share ware within otherwise it will be the first thing to go.
    (2) It should run out of windows as well as on its own, otherwise it will inevitably get ignored.
    (3) It better take a file within the windows partition and not have its own permanent fixed amount of the hard drive, otherwise people will just use diskmanager to delete it and extend their main partition when they get low on space.
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    cptnjarhead , March 10, 2011 11:00 AM
    WebOS is the when it comes to mobile devices, but im not sure about a desktops. I wonder how they will utilize the mouse?
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    jdamon113 , March 10, 2011 11:21 AM
    What a bunch of Crap !!
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