HP: It's not obvious what we do from here with WebOS

HP is pulling another PSG and is saying it doesn't know what it's going to do with the group. According to The Verge, Meg Whitman, CEO said during the meeting that "It's really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision."

"If HP decides to do this [to keep webOS], we're going to do it in a very significant way over a multi year period," she said. Whitman also added that the decision would come in three to four weeks, true to HP form. She went on to say that  HP needed to decide if they had the money to invest in WebOS long term, or if "there's another way to create that ecosystem."

It looks like it may be too late, though. The damage has been done to the platform. Developers have moved in hoards (a large amount of them to Windows Phone after Microsoft offered them free phones and training) and the TouchPad is considered dead. HP is floundering, and we are beginning to wonder if it might be too late to save themselves.

 

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She went on to say that HP needed to decide if they had the money to invest in WebOS long term, or if "there's another way to create that ecosystem."

Shouldn't that be something they figured out before they bought it?

I guess that's what you get when you switch CEOs all the time and all have different goals...

I tried out webOS at best buy before the fire sale and really liked it. However the problem I have is that the market for mobile OS's is quickly becoming saturated with different OS's which all do just about the same thing. Yes I know its competition and its about choice, but are developers really going to keep spending time to make their apps work on iOS, Android, Windows Phones/Windows 8, WebOS, and Blackberry unless there were uniform standards

While it might not be obvious what to do now, it should have been blatantly obvious to them not to spend a fortune on something they had no concrete plans for. If they just let it die, the shareholders will be (and SHOULD be) calling for someone's head on a platter.

Shadrack said,
Didn't the CEO already get fired?

Two have actually since webOS was purchased. I think that's the main problem, the CEO who bought Palm was outed shortly after and a new guy came in who didn't really care about it.