New HP CEO, Meg Whitman called a meeting of HP and Palm employees to tell them the fate of the webOS mobile platform – and then decided not to.
Whitman, who took over from Léo Apotheker in September, was believed to be ready to reveal the fate of webOS last night, but put the decision off, reportedly telling the meeting: "It's really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision,"
According to The Verge, she went on to say: "If HP decides [to keep webOS], we're going to do it in a very significant way over a multi-year period,” adding that "it's a very expensive proposition, but HP can make that bet."
HP is currently in turmoil and only ten days ago revealed that it would be keeping its PC division rather than the initial plan of selling it off. A decision on webOS is expected in three to four weeks, with the decision dependant on what direction the company will go with the PC business and what it will do with the newly-acquired Autonomy.
According to the sources at the meeting, Whitman was speaking about webOS on tablets rather than on smartphones, because "things get more complicated if you add in phones."
So no firm decision has been made by HP regarding webOS, or indeed about its PC business and Autonomy, and the next three to fours weeks could be the most important in the company’s long and distinguished history.
Source: The Verge