December 9, 2011 23:40 by Jeremy
Meg Whitman (CEO) and Marc Andreessen (board member) of HP sat down today in an interview with The Verge to discuss the future of webOS - a platform which, just months ago, many thought would be halted completely. But even with the fire sale of HP TouchPad tablets continuing on Sunday, Dec. 11, Whitman and Andreessen admit that webOS won't actually be going away anymore.
Specifically, one may expect webOS to return in a new type of HP Tablet. While Whitman and Andreessen admit that there are no concrete decisions yet, they agree that a tablet is a much more acceptable option for the previously-dead platform. "I do not believe we will be in the smartphone business again," said Whitman earlier on in the interview.
The same team that developed webOS will continue to work on it, along with a slew of new partners. Whitman and Andreessen announced that they want webOS to become an open source platform, but also concede that getting there may take a while due to the technology behind webOS. "...there are some current components of webOS - in its current form - that are not open sourceable, so there's some work that has to happen to swap those out and swap in some open source alternatives," said Andreessen.
Check out the link below for a full transcript of the interview on The Verge.
Source: The Verge
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September 23, 2011 01:48 by Jeremy
Does the name "Leo Apotheker" ring a bell? How about Meg Whitman? ...Surely you've heard of "Hewlett-Packard" at least, right? These three names are tied together and have all come up in the news today.
Leo Apotheker has been the CEO of HP for the past year, until he stepped down earlier today and handed the reins over to Meg Whitman. For those who aren't sure who she is, Whitman was essential in eBay gaining popularity to becoming the giant it is today; she also ran for Governor of California in 2010, but eventually lost that race. Now, as the new CEO of HP, she'll be (hopefully) providing her ebay'ing business background to the falling company.
What does this mean for HP? According to several sources, they won't be changing their game plan: webOS is still out and they'll need some fresh juice to get the ball rolling again. We'll see if Whitman is the right person for that in the upcoming months.
Sources: cnet, thisismynext, bloomberg