Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Major bombshell, and sorry, but this certainly requires a breaking tag as well: HP has announced it is discontinuing operations for webOS devices - effective immediately. Just like that... The TouchPad and Pre 3 are dead. Eh. Raise your hands if this brings back those painful memories of that infamous 'Focus Shift'. In addition, the company also announced its intention to sell its personal computer business.
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RE[2]: Lame summary
by elgeb on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 05:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Lame summary"
elgeb
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Still. The decision wasn't so much about webOS devices than about HP deciding to be an enterprise service company and focus on that. Therefore, they're exploring how to spin off their PC business, to which webOS currently belongs (the PSG business unit). In this context, investing heavily in webOS doesn't make any sense, and since webOS isn't successful, HP has decided to cut the losses right now.
The press release and the decision is all about HP's "focus shift" to being exclusively an enterprise service company. WebOS is just an annoying detail in that picture. Read HP original press release, and you'll see that the webOS announcement is really a BTW and nowhere close to what HP really wanted to talk about.
No matter how much more some of us care about webOS than HP, this was all about where HP's board want to take HP, and not about webOS.

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