Last Major Supporter of WebOS in HP's Executive Ranks is Retiring
October 21, 2011 1:07 PM
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Move is the latest step in webOS's painful death march
If webOS fans are to be believed, Hewlett-Packard Company (
) is killing a good thing.
While never achieving mainstream sales success on the magnitude of its competitors, webOS did generate a great deal of enthusiasm for its slick multitasking and other forward-thinking features. But HP pulled the plug on all webOS hardware in August. A
with ex-eBay, Inc. (
) CEO Meg Whitman replacing
embattled CEO Léo Apotheker
nothing to reverse this process
HP's layoffs of the webOS team
have decimated the beloved OS's prospects.
Now webOS may have been dealt its final deathblow. HP Chief Strategy Officer Shane Robinson was reportedly the sole party to object to killing webOS entirely after HP decided to kill the device lineup. He argued to hang onto webOS and continue some development to keep the door open for future opportunities.
But on Thursday HP announced that Mr. Robinson was about to retire after eleven years with the company. With Mr. Robinson's depart on November 1, the last major support of webOS will vanish, paving the way for HP to bury the technology for good.
Shane Robinson was webOS's last lion. Now he's retiring. [Source: NAB 2007]
, HP praised Mr. Robinson's accomplishments, commenting:
In his role, he was responsible for shaping HP's corporate strategy and technology agenda. He was instrumental in steering the company's multibillion-dollar research and development investment and has led many of the company's largest merger and acquisition activities.
New CEO Meg Whitman called Mr. Robinson a powerful innovator, but said that his position would not be filled. Instead it will be dissolved in what HP claims is "an effort to drive strategy, research and development closer to the company's businesses."
As for webOS, as they say, "it's not over till the fat lady sings", but with Mr. Robinson out of the picture at HP, it looks like that lady has started her warmups for the final act.
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RE: That's too bad I've moved on already
10/22/2011 11:00:12 AM
"If you only have 2-3 things open, then the multitasking is not so bad, but if you have several things open, you have to scroll through a long list to get between things. A better thing would be once you have something like 6 programs open, it should tile them in a 6x6 or 8x8 matrix, and make it easier to click on the app you want to get back to. "
It has that... Just touch and hold a task window and it shrinks all open task windows to expose all and you can switch to whatever one. Its not perfect, but its the best I have seen... As ChronoReverse posted below... Its not the multitasking, its the switching between open tasks that matters. Any OS can multitask, but they are PITA to deal with.
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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