HP slashes over 500 jobs at webOS division

By on September 20, 2011, 10:38 AM

HP has confirmed that a round of layoffs in its webOS division is now underway. Although the company declined to provide an actual number, AllThingsD is reporting that the move will affect as many as 525 employees in the hardware division. The company says it's still committed to webOS as a platform, and as such its software development team was not affected by the layoffs, but at this point it's doubtful that the OS will have much of a future.

A spokesperson for HP commented: "As communicated on August 18, HP will discontinue the development of webOS devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends Oct 31 2011. As part of this decision, the webOS GBU [general business unit] is undergoing a reduction in workforce. Today's actions are part of this initiative. During this time, we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected. HP is exploring ways to leverage webOS software."

The company acquired webOS in April 2010 when it took over Palm for $1.2 billion and just over a year later decided to halt all tablet and smartphone projects. The TouchPad tablet was pulled after just three months on the market; ironically becoming a success only after its price was slashed to $100 and $150 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively.

The company is considering the possibility of licensing webOS to a third-party or perhaps resurrecting if it decides to spin off its PC hardware business. A handful of companies have also been rumored to be eyeing a webOS purchase but most have denied their interest, so it's not clear if that's even a viable option for HP.
 




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Guest said:

sounds like the same ole hp

Guest said:

The idea with Web OS was quite stupid to start with... after Apple OS, then Android and Windows Mobile, who on earth would need another one?!

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

The idea with Web OS was quite stupid to start with... after Apple OS, then Android and Windows Mobile, who on earth would need another one?!

I don't mean to nitpick on you, but it's not Windows Mobile, it's Windows Phone 7. WM is the much older version. A lot of people judge WP7 nowadays because of how crappy WM was, and that's not the case.

Guest said:

well...there's a way not to give away free tablets to the employees

soliozuz said:

I think HP should forget the OS part and adopt the Windows Tablet OS the second it touches the floor and put out some tablets as a measure of saving face. Then afterwards, innovate around the OS as this is one method of keeping the company above water and still selling.

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