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HP is laying off much of its webOS team.  (Source: 20th Century Fox)

WebOS had a strong contingent of hardcore fans who swore it was the best mobile operating system. Those fans will surely be disappointed as the platform inches closer to its final resting place.  (Source: Gizmodo)
Hewlett-Packard continues to drive the remains of Palm into the ground

All Things Digital is reporting that Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ), currently the world's largest maker of personal computers, is in the process of laying off 525 employees in its webOS business unit.

A spokesperson for the company comments, "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 layoffs are yet another sign that webOS is nearing a full death.  

HP acquired the mobile operating system when in 
purchased Palm in April 2010 for $1.2B USD.  At first it continued to develop the operating system and release new hardware [1][2].  But with the arrival on new CEO Léo Apotheker, the company decided to ditch its family of mobile products.

It 
pulled its TouchPad tablet after less than seven weeks on the market, to webOS fans' dismay.  While HP insists that it may still use webOS in other applications (such as printers), the prospects of webOS continuing to be a serious mobile device operating system look bleak given the staff cuts and internal reports that development on the platform is grinding to a halt.

HP recently announced plans to 
spin off its PC business, the Personal Systems Group (PSG). When that happens, there's a slim chance there could be a webOS revival.  Alternatively, the PSG (the HP unit responsible for mobile devices, personal computers, etc.) may opt to adopt a third party operating system, such as Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 or Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system.

A sale of webOS remains a possibility, as well, should a player like Google express enough interest.

Many shareholders are quite upset about HP's decision to kill webOS and spin off their PC business.  A consortium of top shareholders 
have filed suit and are seeking class action status, claiming Mr. Apotheker deceived shareholders by failing to disclose plans of the radical changes in advance.  As a result, the shareholders argue, HP's stock price was artificially inflated.



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Thats really bad...
By retrospooty on 9/20/2011 9:40:21 AM , Rating: 3
"Many shareholders are quite upset about HP's decision to kill webOS and spin off their PC business. A consortium of top shareholders have filed suit and are seeking class action status, claiming Mr. Apotheker deceived shareholders by failing to disclose plans of the radical changes in advance. As a result, the shareholders argue, HP's stock price was artificially inflated."

When your top stockholders are filing suit against you, you really must be making some bad decisions Mr Apotheker. It almost seems like this guy is trying to fail. It doesn't seem possible to me to "accidentally" be this bad. Its like watching George Bush and Obama governing. Although totally different styles, concepts and philosophy's neither can seem to get anything right.




RE: Thats really bad...
By xti on 9/20/2011 9:58:03 AM , Rating: 2
neither Obama or bush wants to spin off Texas into its own country...


RE: Thats really bad...
By Makaveli on 9/20/2011 10:36:18 AM , Rating: 2
I agree what the F*** does this have to do with OBAMA or BUSH.

OR the next retard that comes in here and says its apple's fault!


RE: Thats really bad...
By retrospooty on 9/20/2011 10:42:28 AM , Rating: 3
Its called an analogy. Watching Apotheker run things at HP is like watching George Bush and Obama governing. None of the 3 seem to do anything right.


RE: Thats really bad...
By Lord 666 on 9/20/2011 10:43:09 AM , Rating: 2
Rick Perry has suggested Texas spin-off of the US.


RE: Thats really bad...
By kmmatney on 9/21/2011 9:34:29 AM , Rating: 2
Texas has the right to do that - it was part of the agreement when they joined the union. They can also fly their state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.


RE: Thats really bad...
By drycrust3 on 9/20/2011 3:00:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It almost seems like this guy is trying to fail.

I think this guy is just in it for the severance pay he'll get when they fire him. Why else would he be undoing all the hard work done to secure a long term future for HP? It looks like he is trying hard to ensure that his removal from office is so urgent that shareholders would pay any price for him to leave.
Look: PC sales are amongst the best in the world -> being sold, having tablets and smartphones in stores for this Christmas is almost essential for a long term future in the wider mobile market (which is expected to grow by hundred's of millions of users within the next few years) -> binned and stock sold off at below cost, webOS avoided Microsoft and Apple's patent wars and is highly respected -> shelved and staff laid off, gets HP to squander money that should have been spent making the tablets and smartphones world beaters -> buying into a software company that has little to do with anything they currently do. That company would be a better fit for Oracle or IBM, which is how they make their money.
For the last 20 years HP has worked and strived to be where they are now, and then just at the dawn of a new era he turns up and every action he has taken has been to ensure that HP isn't the early bird that gets the worm, but secures the destruction of HP, not just as a supplier of end user computers, not just in terms of damning their share value (which people bought anticipating HP would be the early bird in the field), but the whole lock, stock, and future.
Why? Why does every decision seem aimed to destroy a company that has everything going for it? The only logical reason is he wants the shareholders to pay him to leave.
It would not surprise me if the smell of vomit hangs around the corridors near his office.
I'm glad I am not an employee of HP because I honestly do not think I would be able to restrain myself from venting my feelings if I saw him.


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