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Apparently you can't run your operating system into the ground and expect a full refund

How much does Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) think its leftovers are worth?  Apparently $1.2B USD, according to VentureBeat.

HP allegedly in mid-2011 asked various parties if they were willing to pay it $1.2B USD for the remains of webOS/Palm.  That's a pretty gutsy move given that HP paid $1.2B USD for Palm in 2010.

Considering that defunct CEO Léo Apotheker and HP's sage board then proceeded to run webOS into the ground, finally terminating its product lineup and cleaning house of both the engineering staff and pro-webOS managers, that's a pretty ambitious figure to be floating, to say the least.  This is hardly atypical thinking at HP of late, though -- consider this is the company that seriously considered cutting out the heart of its business -- consumer PCs -- and only reconsidered after being smacked with shareholder class action lawsuits and public outcry.

Palm RIP
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Sadly HP appears to have been smacked hard with reality.  Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930) -- thought to be one of the potential buyers HP approached -- laughed at the prospect of such a sale insisting it would never buy webOS.  Well, it would certainly never buy it at $1.2B USD -- that's for sure.

HP's recent woes have few parallels in the technology industry, but are at least remarkably similar to those of Research in Motion, Ltd.'s (TSE:RIM) and its flaccid executive squad.  Both companies were once remarkably profitable, but have seen a veritable train wreck of recent events and have struggled as shareholders blasted them for drooping profits.

Recent reports indicated that HP might end up getting nothing for webOS, opting instead to offer the legacy ultra-mobile OS as open source software.  But other reports quote HP's new CEO Meg Whitman as saying that HP "could" launch new webOS tablets in 2013.

Sources: VentureBeat, TechCrunch

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Reading about all these defunct OSes....
By chizow on 12/29/2011 3:33:25 PM , Rating: 5
Just makes me appreciate Windows that much more. Love it or hate it, at least we know it'll be around in 5 years (don't hold me to that!)

I know there's more serious competition to Window's history of domination from the likes of Google and Apple, but Windows 8 on ARM should secure another decade of dominance even if ARM overtakes x86 in the long run.

By Argon18 on 12/30/2011 12:38:40 PM , Rating: 1
What the hell are you babbling about? WebOS was an OS for portable devices, you know, phones and tables, competing with RIM, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. Microsoft fails miserably at portable devices, they always have, releasing one turd after another. Right now the market is iOS vs. Android, with all others being virtually non-existant. Windows Mobile pops up on the radar every couple of years.

And ARM overtaking x86? WTF? You don't understand processor market segments at all, do you. ARM is a low power mobile device architecture. x86 is a desktop architecture. They don't compete against each other, so neither is going to "overtake" the other.

RE: Reading about all these defunct OSes....
By Gondor on 12/30/2011 1:04:06 PM , Rating: 2
This doesn't make any sense. If ARM replaces x86/AMD64 as de facto desktop platform the applications you run on Windows today will NOT be compatible with Windows/ARM.

Other than the visual familiarity, it is just another GUI. I find it extremely unlikely that people (reading computer technology-related article here so they obviously aren't tech-shy) would have problems adapting to another GUI, if that GUI wasn't M$ Windows of some flavor.

By spread on 1/1/2012 5:15:49 PM , Rating: 2
If ARM replaces x86/AMD64 as de facto desktop platform the applications you run on Windows today will NOT be compatible with Windows/ARM.

Emulators. Works for DOS, and for gaming systems like the PS2.

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