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HP Could License WebOS To Other Partners

HP Could License WebOS To Other Partners

Today, HP makes Windows-based PCs. You knew that. But what if they start to ship PCs with something other than Windows on them? Five years ago, that question would largely result in laughter, but things are different these days. HP's new CEO already made clear that webOS would start to ship on PCs from HP eventually, but many assumed it would be a virtual layer if anything. But maybe that's not the case, at least in the long term.

Speaking at the recent D9 conference, HP's Leo Apotheker had this to say: "I happen to believe that webOS is a uniquely outstanding operating system. It's not correct to believe that it should only be on HP devices. There are all kinds of other people who want to make whatever kind of hardware they make and would like to connect them to the Internet. We'll make it available to enterprises and to SMBs. It will run on lots of HP devices."


In other words, webOS may be the primary OS on some future machines -- that's really hard to imagine today, but who knows what webOS will mature into? Furthermore, HP is suggesting that they could license webOS to other partners, enabling other handset and PC makers other than HP to also use webOS. As it stands, webOS is struggling to gain acceptance in the market, and developer support is lacking. But get webOS on tons of PCs and handsets, that might just turn the tables...
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That's good news! I hope to see more innovation and lower prices for consumers when the OS wars among Microsoft, Apple, Google, and now HP start to heat up.

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omegadoom13:

That's good news! I hope to see more innovation and lower prices for consumers when the OS wars among Microsoft, Apple, Google, and now HP start to heat up.

They didn't say would; they said they could. HP is not yet licensing webOS for third parties but if they do then the competition will truly heat up.

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I have a feeling this feature would be similar to the quick boot feature that is on some motherboards. You would have the option to boot into webOS or Windows when powering on the machine.

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