HP Loses Another WebOS Supporter -- Its CTO
November 1, 2011 5:53 PM
comment(s) - last by
Innovative chief departs to gain freedom from "corporate restrictions" in pursuing new endeavors
Slowly and surely those at Hewlett-Packard Comp. (
) who were involved in pushing webOS on the world have been vanishing at HP [
]. The exodus has been onging ever since the company
announced plans to kill
the struggling -- but, to its fans, much beloved -- mobile operating system.
The latest casualty is the company Chief Technology Officer, Phil McKinney.
Mr. McKinney was brought to the firm during the six-year tenure of former CEO Carly Fiorina. Under Fiorina -- and later Mark Hurd -- Mr. McKinney flourished. He was a constant source of creativity, pushing HP's newly acquired Voodoo unit to come up with some exotic gaming PC designs including the striking Blackbird and
Envy 133 laptop
He also dreamed up intriguing software projects, such as the Pluribus effort, which took a pair of off-the-shelf HD camcorders and used them to produce quality 3D video via some clever software. And then there was Gabble, a would-be competitor to Google Inc.'s (
) YouTube, which tried to differentiate itself by making it so your videos weren’t shared with the world, but were rather kept private except among those you wished to share with.
And Mr. McKinney was fond of touchscreen projects, most of which are yet to go on sale in the U.S. His efforts included the Vantage TouchWall (which HP showed off in concept form last year) and
, a slick Linux touchscreen desktop, which actually saw release (Dec. 2010) -- but only in India.
Phil McKinney [Source: DJEvents on Flickr]
And then of course there was webOS. Mr. McKinney had a soft spot for the slick multi-tasking multi-touch operating system, which HP acquired near the end of Mark Hurd's reign at CEO. The CTO worked with a team to create a slick Twitter app --
-- which was a webOS exclusive.
It's unclear from
his departure note
whether Mr. McKinney was dissatisfied with HP, was pressured to leave, or simply (as he says) wanted to pursue new and different avenues.
My time at HP started out as an advisor on innovation that turned into a request to join for a year or so to "help grow the innovation culture at HP". That was 9 years ago. I can honestly say that I've done everything that is within my power to fulfill that objective.
I’m also excited that once again, I will be able to take on board seats, advisory roles and mentoring opportunities since I will no longer have to worry about conflict of interest and other corporate restrictions.
Mr. McKinney will depart at the end of the year and take with him another bit of what defined webOS's brief life at HP.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: hp: "Farewell creativity"
11/2/2011 3:46:26 AM
Even if Mark Hurd would have later decided against webOS, at least there would have been a fair review.
hp is now a joke.
"Death Is Very Likely The Single Best Invention Of Life" -- Steve Jobs
Last Major Supporter of WebOS in HP's Executive Ranks is Retiring
October 21, 2011, 1:07 PM
HP Slashes webOS Staff, Moves Mobile OS Closer to the Grave
September 20, 2011, 9:18 AM
HP Buries WebOS, TouchPad
August 18, 2011, 3:43 PM
11/17/2009 Daily Hardware Reviews
November 17, 2009, 2:21 PM
HP and Dell Wage War With New Luxury Models
January 10, 2009, 1:13 PM
Apple Replaces “FREE” Label with “GET” on App Downloads in iTunes App Store
November 19, 2014, 5:38 PM
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite, iOS 8.1.1 Updates
November 17, 2014, 1:43 PM
Microsoft Rolls Out $199 “Work & Play Bundle” for Its Subscription Services
November 11, 2014, 11:18 AM
LG to Initiate Lollipop Upgrades for G3 Users in Poland This Week
November 10, 2014, 8:20 AM
Office for iPad Now Free to Use for All, Microsoft Readies Android Tablet Version
November 6, 2014, 10:06 AM
Quick Note: Lollipop Coming to HTC One M7, M8 Within Three Months
November 5, 2014, 10:32 AM
Most Popular Articles
Austrian Pilots Call Surface 3 Pro Flight Bag a "Dream Come True"
November 14, 2014, 2:00 PM
U.S. Marshals Using Fake, Airplane-based Cell Towers to Scan Cell Phones of Americans
November 14, 2014, 9:05 AM
Wal-Mart: Miss Thanksgiving, Get Xbox One + Master Chief Collection for $299
November 17, 2014, 9:40 PM
Nokia Explores Two Paths Back to the Smartphone Market
November 14, 2014, 9:05 PM
Microsoft: All* Lumias Will Get Windows 10; Adds Real-Time Battery Live Tile
November 13, 2014, 6:32 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information