Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Mar 2011 19:30 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Leo Apotheker has big plans. HP (relatively) new CEO wants to transform the company, and is willing to break with almost everything his predecessor Mark Hurd set out. How about webOS on every computer shipped by HP?
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Another possibility
by Moochman on Wed 9th Mar 2011 21:39 UTC
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Keep in mind folks that most (non-game) apps written for webOS use web technologies, which means the OS core underneath is largely irrelevant. In fact, one of the official ways to develop webOS apps is via their completely web-based IDE ("Ares"), and they even encourage people to test apps in-browser. Thus, porting webOS apps to other platforms should be really easy (assuming sensible licensing for redistributing the JavaScript libraries).

But anyway, what I am getting at is that when they say "webOS on every computer" it might just as well mean "webOS apps/services running on top of XYZ via a WebKit wrapper". Thus, the "integration" with Windows has the potential to be quite seamless.

Or they might do a full-blown instant-on webOS. Or both.

The only aspect of this that I wonder about is whether this means that they plan to integrate a touch screen on every PC, or whether they are counting on developers to make their apps mouse-friendly. As things stand on webOS phones, there are certain interaction paradigms, e.g. swiping right to delete an entry from a list, swiping left on the gesture bar to go back, and flicking cards up off the screen, which wouldn't translate too well to mouse interaction methinks. That said, in the TouchPad demo I saw no evidence of either a gesture bar or the swipe-to-delete gesture, so maybe this is a sign that they are already preparing for convergent development.

Edited 2011-03-09 21:46 UTC

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