HP PCs to All Run webOS By 2012: Report

Every PC

shipped by Hewlett-Packard, beginning in 2012, will include the ability to run

webOS, the mobile operating system HP acquired last year in its $1.2 billion

acquisition of Palm. However, HP is not abandoning Microsoft just yet. The

company still plans to offer Microsoft’s Windows operating system as well as

productivity tools such as Office.

This is just

one of the changes being put into place by the PC maker’s new CEO, Leo

Apotheker, according to a March 9 report in Bloomberg Business


Under former

HP CEO Mark Hurd — who resigned in August 2010 after being found in

violation of HP’s Standards of Business Conduct, following an allegedly

inappropriate relationship with an HP contractor — cost-cutting was a priority,

more than research and development or software growth. By including webOS on

its PCs, Apotheker hopes to “create a massive platform,” he told

Bloomberg, and so attract application developers to the OS — a necessity, if HP

is going to effectively compete against the Apple iPhone and Android-running

handsets in the smartphone market HP entered with its purchase of Palm.

While the

Apple App Store currently features more than 350,000 applications, and Google’s

Android Market has swelled to 250,000, webOS’s application offerings number

approximately 6,000.

Other planned

changes include a renewed emphasis on product quality — which not only keeps

customers happy but lowers service and warranty costs for a company, Apotheker

told Bloomberg — as well as creating new channels of communication between

product groups and growing HP’s software holdings.

For more, read the eWEEK article: HP’s webOS Running on All PCs by 2012: Report.

CIO Insight Staff
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