I’m sure all the avid tech readers out there would have picked up on this already but it’s been let slip that HP intend to discontinue operations in the WebOS device space. And this is only a short year after HP paid a chunky $1.2 billion to purchase WebOS. I have to say…
This came as quite a shock to me especially as the TouchPad is currently being promoted quite a lot down here in New Zealand. It does all sound a bit up in the air at the moment and nothing is quite confirmed yet. All the regular blog sites I visit seem to have a few different details on each and there is also mention of HP spinning off their PC business which puts a proverbial nail in the coffin of my hopes of HP possibly coming out with a new WHS server at some point in the future.
I personally thought that HP buying WebOS would be a positive thing and there’d be a sudden surge in development and the number of new WebOS devices coming out but this doesn’t appear to be the case. What are your thoughts? Anyone got a WebOS device and now feeling left high and dry?
In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward. HP
HP CEO Leo Apotheker confirmed on the company’s earnings call late this afternoon that the Autonomy acquisition is considerably further along than just a “possible offer,” and that it’s expected to be completed by the end of 2011. He also made it clear that any possible spin-off of the PC business won’t happen soon, and said that the company will take 12 to 18 months to consider its options, further adding that he is “taking ownership” of all of these decisions. Engadget