HP rumored to be testing Windows 8 on TouchPads

If the official blog of Fox News Channel anchor Clayton Morris is correct, HP is testing out Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system on some ...interesting hardware.

Morris writes, "Sources at HP tell me the hardware team has been busy doing proof of concept work testing Windows 8 Preview Edition on the fire sale devices. Internally there's been discussion about reviving the defunct tablets or building new devices with Windows 8 in mind."

Hearing that HP is testing Windows 8 on the defunct WebOS-based tablet isn't that much of a surprise. After all, it takes time to create an all new hardware prototype combined with a new operating system. The TouchPads are already available so why not use them to test some concepts using Windows 8's Metro touch screen interface?

What is surprising to hear is that HP might actually revive the TouchPad. The tablet was considered a sales failure when it launched in July. HP announced it was discontinuing production of the tablet in mid-August and sold the remaining units at fire sale price. That's when sales actually took off, enough so that HP said a final production run of the TouchPad will be made and released later this year.

Of course, there's now a new CEO running things at HP, Meg Whitman, and she may see an opportunity to raise the TouchPad from the grave (appropriate since we are close to Halloween). If that actually happens we would be flat out shocked. It's more likely that HP would develop an all new tablet device to run Windows 8.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention, even with the media bashing HP, HP continues to be the largest and most profitable PC maker in the world. Who better to promote Windows 8 on a tablet and hopefully WebOS as well!

I would like to see the TouchPad succeed as its multi-tasking and touchstone charging doc even leapfrogged the iPad. I agree there have been some bad decisions at HP, but that happens in every big company that has a lot of activity inside of it. As the largest technology company in the world with $126 Billion in revenues, and earnings of nearly $11,5 billion, employing @325,000 people, and an increasing market share, HP is actually an awesome company to employees and is far from the mixed up company the media portrays. Did you know that HP's desktops continue to be manufactured in the United States when many of the competitors shipped those jobs overseas?

What a strange turn of events... HP was set to be a big Windows 7 Slate/Tablet provider - before the iPad existed.

Then HP bought out WebOS, and dumped the whole Windows 7 slate project to work on WebOS and produce tablets based on it.

Now, once again, HP is back where they started except three years later.

HP, Brilliant... I have watched them dismantle and destroy more promising technologies and opportunities over the years than some companies ever get the chance at.

Back in the early 80s they owned quality laser printers, and then the 90s hit, and they dabbled in inkject technologies, but didn't want to hurt their Laser market. Which hurt both as Cannon jumped at the chance to produce fast B&W bubble jet printers.

Then as the 90s progressed, they held on to their aged technology, and let Epson run circles around them in pure quality.

During this time, their Laser hardware was still fairly solid products, but they didn't want to support Windows95 printer driver model, so for years they shipped 16bit printer drivers that they thunked into Win95, that were horrid in performance, and stability, and also bypassed the Windows printer engine, making their output have no consistency with any other product.

And it also extends to their acquisitions, as Compaq fought to get a hold of DEC, and then totally destroyed everything that was of any value from DEC. Shutting down Win2K development of the DEC Alpha version, at Microsoft's amazement, because they wanted to shove a Unix on it, and take over the world, which failed horribly, leaving the technology orphaned.

And after all Compaq's idiocy in the late 90s, HP decided they would be a great purchase, which gave them another name to produce copies of all their HP computer division, and confuse customers, losing a lot of corporate business.

Then HP a couple of years ago, stepped in and bought out EDS at a time when they were in the process of trying to survive, and had virtually no value to HP.

And then HP was starting to make good money again, by getting the Compaq and HP thing sorted out, and jumped on WebOS.

They are also an awesome company to employees, during the Carly Fiorina reign. After building up communities, they worked hard to ship as many jobs to overseas markets, for far less pay, some child labor, and decimating the US communities with massive layoffs.

Would be cool as I have a touchpad, although if webOS is miraculously resurrected I would stick with it as I like it a lot better than Windows

Cash Money Billionaire said,
Would be cool as I have a touchpad, although if webOS is miraculously resurrected I would stick with it as I like it a lot better than Windows

While I like WebOS too, there's no comparison to Win8.

Hmmm. Should have picked up the 32 GB version of the touched to have enough space to fit W8, ICS, and Web OS. and VS for good measure.
;-)

Windows 8 is the way to go why bother with failing WebOS. Just because you have money to buy WebOS, it doesn't mean you can revive it.

satus said,
Windows 8 is the way to go why bother with failing WebOS. Just because you have money to buy WebOS, it doesn't mean you can revive it.

Not everyone likes what W8 is shaping up to be including me. Hp didnt even try to revive webos they totally killed it.

smooth3006 said,

Not everyone likes what W8 is shaping up to be including me. Hp didnt even try to revive webos they totally killed it.


Do you like the iPad?

How about they work on the OS they were soo quick to buy and destroy in a years time. I feel bad for webos fans, they got shafted BIG time!

smooth3006 said,
How about they work on the OS they were soo quick to buy and destroy in a years time. I feel bad for webos fans, they got shafted BIG time!

Why bother? Windows 8 is alot better than WebOS.

testing can just mean.. hey we have something already.. lets test it out and work with something to improve. think of the touchpad as just a prototype.

but i would love to run windows 8 on a touchpad, or at least any touchscreen

Well what genius at HP originally dumped windows on their tablets and put webos on them instead. Typical knee jerk reaction!