HP has finally given some clear indication as to its tablet strategy and has revealed that it will release devices based on both Windows 7 and WebOS, the OS it acquired when it bought Palm in April this year.
"You'll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a WebOS-based product in early 2011," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's personal systems group. He was speaking at the HP's third-quarter earnings call press conference, where the company announced revenue for the period of $30.7 billion, up 11.4 per cent.
The obvious split here is a Windows 7 tablet for the tie wearing enterprise users, and a hopefully slicker WebOS based one for the cool kids.
Sticking with Windows 7 for corporates seems like a safe bet, especially for document and application compatibility, so no surprise there – but it does beg the question why it cancelled the Slate in the first place.
While the Palm Pre didn’t set the world on fire, if HP can get the hardware right and drum up some more support for WebOS from developers it could also be onto something with its consumer tablet, which is rumoured to be called, the 'PalmPad'.
HP was recently embroiled in much brouhaha over the misdemeanours of its former chief executive Mark Hurd, and would probably much rather we didn’t mention them at this point. Oh, too late.