HP denies it will shut webOS

 

A reprieve?

HP’s Personal Systems Group (PSG) head has denied the company plans to kill off what remains of its webOS division as the last discontinued TouchPads go on sale in the United States.

Todd Bradley brushed off as an “unfounded rumour” claims in a report by The Guardian that HP would shut the operating system division down entirely.

Newly appointed HP chief Meg Whitman has said the company would make a decision on webOS in the next few months.

If it does shut webOS down, it could affect a further 500 roles on top of the 525 that were let go last month after HP separated its webOS hardware and software teams.

Prior to those layoffs, HP had pushed webOS software engineering, worldwide developer relations and software product marketing to HP’s Office of Strategy and Technology, a division used to incubate new technologies.    

Rumours of HP’s plan to shut down webOS followed the recent departure of the operating system's head of developer relations, Richard Kerris, who has since taken up a similar role at Nokia.  

Following a final run of HP's short-lived TouchPad this August, HP has also confirmed that it has depleted its own inventory, however some stock is still appearing at US retailers, such as BestBuy, which launched a discounted TouchPad deal this weekend.

 

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


HP denies it will shut webOS
HP PC unit boss, Todd Bradley. Image Credit: HP.
 
 
 
Top Stories
Keeping the peace
It takes a thick skin to mediate between the IT and digital camps.
 
The True Cost of BYOD - 2014 survey
Twelve months on from our first study, is BYOD a better proposition?
 
Five zero-cost ways to improve MySQL performance
How to easily boost MySQL throughput by up to 5x.
 
 
HP PC unit boss, Todd Bradley. Image Credit: HP.
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Which is the most prevalent cyber attack method your organisation faces?




   |   View results
Phishing and social engineering
  68%
 
Advanced persistent threats
  3%
 
Unpatched or unsupported software vulnerabilities
  11%
 
Denial of service attacks
  6%
 
Insider threats
  12%
TOTAL VOTES: 1046

Vote