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

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
    Interesting, I didn't realize HP was developing a version of WebOS for the desktop/laptop market.
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  • Anonymous
    This is NOT going to work very well for HP....
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  • MAGPC
    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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