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Report: HP To Kill webOS in November

By - Source: PC magazine | B 35 comments

Thus ends the the saga of TouchPad.

On October 4, failed California Gubernatorial Candidate and newly installed Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman said that she would 'decide the fate' of the company's PC division before month's end. At that time, HP's original plan to sell the division had already been scaled back to a spin-off and as October draws to a close, it appears that HP intends to spare PC division after all. Not all is well for the beleaguered department; the Guardian reported Friday that though HP will no longer jettison PC, they're going to kill webOS.

WebOS, acquired in 2010 when HP purchased Palm for 1.2 billion, is the operating system behind the TouchPad tablet. TouchPad's notorious failure was a factor in the company's flirtation with getting rid of their PC division, and it was unlikely to survive regardless of that decision. Attempts to attract interested buyers - Amazon was rumored to have been courted - failed, all but sealing webOS' fate. One HP employee told the Guardian earlier that "There's a 95% chance we all get laid off between now and November." Still, the end of webOS means the loss of up to 500 jobs and the scary prospect of finding work in a tech industry battered by the worst recession since the 1930s.

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    vaughn2k , October 31, 2011 1:22 PM
    1.2 Billion US Dollars down the drain... tsk,tsk,tsk. HP should have made jobs with that money, than throw it away... insane...
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    velocityg4 , October 31, 2011 1:22 PM
    Why kill off Web OS completely? Just put it up for public auction and the highest bidder takes it. Getting a couple million is better than nothing.
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2011 1:23 PM
    And this is how the best mobile OS ends up :( 
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    Jung , October 31, 2011 1:28 PM
    Old rumor already refuted by HP.
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    offerings12 , October 31, 2011 1:30 PM
    The best Mobile OS getting shat upon by dumb idiots who don't know what they have....
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    acidic , October 31, 2011 1:30 PM
    fast forward to around 4:40 for the answer
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    phatboe , October 31, 2011 1:35 PM
    HP board of directors = stupid stupid stupid
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , October 31, 2011 1:42 PM
    False rumor, but the way HP has been acting it's very believable.
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    win7guru , October 31, 2011 1:44 PM
    Not a credible story. HP has since disclaimed it. Get on the ball please, a similar false story was released last week.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , October 31, 2011 1:45 PM
    fast forward to around 4:40 for the answer

    Thanks for link. It's good to know they are not being entirely stupid. I have a feeling that we'll see the TouchPad come back.
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    dotaloc , October 31, 2011 1:51 PM
    they should open-source it.
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    STravis , October 31, 2011 1:55 PM
    What HP is doing is nothing more than poor business practice. They need to get ahead of all these rumors and state their position CLEARLY...there is nothing worst than ambiguity.
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    megamanx00 , October 31, 2011 2:28 PM
    I bid $100 for HPs Web OS
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2011 2:31 PM
    I bought one of the 32GB TouchPads from a scalper on Amazon for about $100 more than the fire sale price. I got it because at that price I still thought it was a great deal.
    I was only going to use it for web look-ups while reading or watching TV, but somewhere on the way to Google I found that this little gem is really neat. I like the interface better than what I've seen of my stepson's iPad, and I find myself using it all the time wherever I happen to be, something that my laptop has never done well.
    I like this thing, and I can't help but feel abandoned now with HP's handling of the whole debacle. It's hard to believe that this is the same company that produced my HP-41CX, and I don't see how anybody is going to be able to trust them as a services company after this.
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    ruel24 , October 31, 2011 2:45 PM
    Because they were inept, they're killing it? It doesn't seem like a bad product, and could make a company standout in a sea of Android. However, HP is seriously lacking direction, these days, and aren't the company to do it. What happened HP? Where did the once great company go? CEO too busy kissing up to shareholders to actually mold the company into what it really should be...what it used to be?
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2011 3:09 PM
    WebOS really isn't that bad of a mobile OS. I bought a fire sale Touchpad, and after considerable tuning, such as turning off the incessant logging and other tweaks, I found the experience rather smooth, particularly the card swipe multitasking. Unfortunately, there simply isn't a sufficient app infrastructure in place to support it. I put CM7 Android on mine, and with the bevy of customization and strong app support, I haven't booted back into WebOS since. Would it serve any purpose for Google to buy WebOS inexpensively and integrate some of its strengths into Android? I, for one, would kill to see a fully functional and integrated WebOS-style UI and card multitasking system in Android (and no, Itching Thumb doesn't count).
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    tomaz99 , October 31, 2011 3:25 PM
    HP can sell web OS and any related patents to the highest bidder to hopefully offset the 1.2B debacle.

    It's like they had no strategy or vision beyond a few months...they picked up WebOS for 1.2B like you'd pick up a trinket at a garage sale. I have a tough time getting a couple $k approved.
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    kawininjazx , October 31, 2011 3:36 PM
    They are going to lose 500 jobs, now Obama will spend $10 million to save them.
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    cookoy , October 31, 2011 3:58 PM
    Just donate it to as an open source project just like what Oracle did with Open Office.
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    g-unit1111 , October 31, 2011 4:09 PM
    I have a 32GB Touchpad, and it is excellent. WebOS was a great idea that was killed by inept executives and bad marketing. Sadly, we'll never know what it could have been.
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