HP plans Windows 8 tablets; webOS remains in limbo

Now that HP’s PC business is no longer on the chopping block, questions are arising about the company’s tablet strategy. webOS is still in limbo, so what are HP’s plans? The LA Times got some choice quotes from a call held with with analysts yesterday, and they answer that question—if only partially.

First, HP’s new CEO Meg Whitman confirmed that HP will offer Windows 8 tablets after the operating system comes out next year:

"We’re at the beginning stages of a new segment in personal computing," Whitman said of tablets in the call. She also said that she doesn’t believe it’s too late for HP to succeed in the tablet market and that “the work we do with Microsoft is extraordinary compelling."
Whitman said in the call that HP’s Windows 8 tablets would launch sometime next year and that the company would be narrowing its focus to help the company succeed not just next year, but also in 2013, 2014 and the future.

HP Personal Systems Group Executive VP Todd Bradley also brought up webOS, but the company isn’t committing to a roadmap there just yet. Bradley said HP is focusing on Windows tablets and that webOS is "kind of the next piece of work to complete." He added, "The whole team of Meg, Cathie [Lesjak], myself, John Visentin are working very, very hard and as quickly as we can to make the right decisions about that product."

There’s been talk of Amazon being a potential buyer for the remains of HP’s webOS business. Amazon could be eager to use the operating system as a foundation for future Kindle tablets. (The Kindle Fire already runs a heavily modified version of Android.)

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    • bjm
    • 8 years ago

    HP should just focus on making awesome hardware. Sell WebOS to Microsoft and let MS use it to improve Windows Phone. This will allow HP to continue focusing on hardware, strengthen the software partner they depend on (and have close relationship with), and salvage any money from its sale.

    After that, sit down and work their asses off on being the sole provider of desktops, laptops, servers, tablets, mobile phones and printers.

    • LiquidSpace
    • 8 years ago

    Why is HP so cautious with WEBOS, seriously WEBOS is an amazing mobile OS, I mean Microsoft has been trolling about their Metro UI and blah blah blah, even with the Mango they don’t have as easy and intuitive app switching as in WEBOS, I mean HP has already integrated everything from social media apps, search engines into WEBOS and it works very well, the only thing they did wrong is releasing a bad quality phones.
    Hell if no one wants WEBOS make an open source and it’ll take over Android and IOS in no time.

      • moog
      • 8 years ago

      Disagree. The open source community has a poor track record actually delivering products and then supporting them.

      Problem with open source is since no one benefits, no one takes responsibility, and quality suffers.

      As much as geeks like open source, I haven’t seen an actual business model that is based on open source. (Android doesn’t count, it’s very closed source because they control their code base – it tends to be extremely lopsided in that they take no input from outside devs – they don’t really need help anyway and so what you see is cyanogenmod and whatshisfacemods popping up like mushrooms because the outside devs are forking off from what google releases)

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 8 years ago

        “I haven’t seen an actual business model that is based on open source.”

        Server Linux, sql, Mozilla

        • shank15217
        • 8 years ago

        LOL are you serious? go visit your local data center and tell me how many closed source oses are running.

    • grantmeaname
    • 8 years ago

    “the work we do with Microsoft is extraordinary compelling”

    Learn to adverb, Whitman.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    HP, wow how far can a company fall and how many times can they change directions???

      • Voldenuit
      • 8 years ago

      Ask [url=http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/sunstrategy2x.gif<]Sun Microsystems.[/url<]

        • shank15217
        • 8 years ago

        Sun microsystems is now Oracle and its kicking some serious a**

    • JohnC
    • 8 years ago

    …for some reason all of these HP “news” remind me of this comic strip:
    [url<]https://techreport.com/discussions.x/21805[/url<]

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    HP had plans for Windows-based tablets all along; they’re currently shipping Win7 tablets (‘slates’)

      • Voldenuit
      • 8 years ago

      It sounds like it’s news to Whitman. Which wouldn’t surprise me, the way CEOs are hired with little regard for their industry experience or history these days.

      “Wot? hp make PCs?”

      • DavidC1
      • 8 years ago

      Maybe they didn’t. Windows 7 Slate sales were pretty poor. This might be better looked as a “commitment” to deliver Windows 8 based Tablets.

        • Corrado
        • 8 years ago

        They sold their entire 100K first run of Windows 7 slates. You can buy them on the HP site.

        [url<]http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/321957-321957-64295-3841267-3955550-4332585.html?jumpid=in_r602_slate[/url<]

          • dpaus
          • 8 years ago

          I know they’re pretty popular in the health-care industries.

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