webOS to debut on PCs later this year

webOS, Hewlett Packard's mobile operating system which is built on the Linux kernel and was initially developed by Palm, will also be coming to the PC, according to Engadget. The company said on the final note of their "Think Beyond" presentation that it's thinking beyond today and intends to take webOS to "other connected devices, including printers, and some form factors you haven't seen before." Understanding how the OS will fare across devices from the basic Laser Printers to full blown PCs has yet to be explained, but HP promises to share further details as the year goes on.

Yesterday, prior to the presentation, HP inadvertently leaked on its own website products that will be shipped with webOS. According to the drop-down under the “Deals and Offers” page on the HP website, three devices, the HP Veer, Pre3 and Touchpad were clearly listed as new webOS devices. The leak was later plugged for US connections, but reappeared after the presentation.

Last year HP dropped its support for Microsoft on its line of MediaSmart Servers and reportedly assigned its Windows Home Server development team to webOS. HP became the curator of webOS when it acquired the platform from Palm in 2010.

The full "Think Beyond" presentation video is available for viewing below.

Image credit: Engadget.

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Bern@rd said,
If they really do this I will boycott, and encourage others to boycott, their entire product line.

Why do you care how others use their computer? If it doesn't affect you, don't worry about it. Having choices is what makes any product better by improving it over another competing product.

I prefer the aesthetics of iOS and Honeycomb over WebOS. It's just too plain for me. I wonder when Microsoft will announce their tablets.

The PC is a dying market. Coming out with a PC based WebOS is a waste of time. Most things are heading for the cloud. I don't think HP has any idea what they're doing. They need a cloud strategy if they expect the WebOS to have any footing. They need to buy Yahoo or something!

blueboy75 said,
The PC is a dying market. Coming out with a PC based WebOS is a waste of time. Most things are heading for the cloud. I don't think HP has any idea what they're doing. They need a cloud strategy if they expect the WebOS to have any footing. They need to buy Yahoo or something!
LOL! Ill be damned if I ever store files I truly care about 'on the cloud.' I love my desktop and I wouldnt trade it for anything. Of course I have my laptop as well (which I dont use nearly as much as my desktop) but my desktop where I store and backup all my own files myself is my bread and butter.

Rudy said,
If I had to get a PC from HP I would seriously consider one running WebOS over Windows 7

Considering WebOS' current state that would mean reducing a desktop computer to a netbook. Not sure if I'm willing to do my iMac or any other computer with the same processing power.

Don't get me wrong, from what I've seen I love WebOS. It gives me the same warm fuzzy feeling inside as Mac OS 9 did when I was still using Windows. I would love to run it on a netbook or as a fast boot OS on a regular notebook/desktop. But I don't see it as a replacement for Windows or Mac OS X.

blahism said,

now with the hp tax!

...which takes the form of gigabytes worth of preinstalled trialware. And since HP controls the OS this time around, it's probably not going to be easy to eradicate.

As of right now, I dont see myself leaving Windows 7 for this. With that being said, it remains an interesting concept to me so that still remains to be seen...

este said,
As of right now, I dont see myself leaving Windows 7 for this. With that being said, it remains an interesting concept to me so that still remains to be seen...

No doubt!
Windows 7 rocks, but always willing to experiment.

nickcruz said,
You really must be missing the point of the capabilities of what Windows does.

Yes, we are all aware the Windows is the Swiss Army knife of the computing world, but sometimes you just need a toothpick or vegetable peeler. I'll never understand the mentality that thinks that Windows is the answer to every computing problem.

roadwarrior said,

Yes, we are all aware the Windows is the Swiss Army knife of the computing world, but sometimes you just need a toothpick or vegetable peeler. I'll never understand the mentality that thinks that Windows is the answer to every computing problem.

I'll never understand the mentality that think Windows is not the answer because it's made by Microsoft and is not open source.

Glendi said,

I'll never understand the mentality that think Windows is not the answer because it's made by Microsoft and is not open source.

Where did I state or even imply that? I'm simply saying that throwing full blown copies of Windows on every concievable device is not always the answer to everything. Any mechanic (or chef for that matter) will tell you "the right tool for the right job".

roadwarrior said,

Where did I state or even imply that? I'm simply saying that throwing full blown copies of Windows on every concievable device is not always the answer to everything. Any mechanic (or chef for that matter) will tell you "the right tool for the right job".

he was not replying to you, just using parallel logic

Lachlan said,

he was not replying to you, just using parallel logic


Well, it certainly appeared that he was replying to me. I guess the fact that he quoted me threw me off.

mark my words HP will completely dump windows by two years' time. I mean they already dumped windows home server in favor of home servers powered by webos.

AnotherITguy said,
mark my words HP will completely dump windows by two years' time. I mean they already dumped windows home server in favor of home servers powered by webos.

I don't know about completely dumped, but certainly will launch at least a partial "me too" service with WebOS as an install option.

AnotherITguy said,
mark my words HP will completely dump windows by two years' time. I mean they already dumped windows home server in favor of home servers powered by webos.
Where I work, and I'm sure we're not the only ones, every PC is provided by HP. If they dumped Windows they'd dump a segment of their business far bigger than their consumer side. Not gonna happen.

AnotherITguy said,
mark my words HP will completely dump windows by two years' time. I mean they already dumped windows home server in favor of home servers powered by webos.

A lot of SMB's use HP or Dell. If HP were to dump Windows completely, they would lose out on the SMB business as well as the consumer end. HP will offer the option of a PC with webOS or Windows on it and let the end user decide.

AnotherITguy said,
mark my words HP will completely dump windows by two years' time. I mean they already dumped windows home server in favor of home servers powered by webos.

Really? Really? HIGHLY doubtfull. A big portion of HP's business is corporate/businesses. Does webOS have any kind of group policy/AD etc? Any sort of management tools at all? How is it going to take over windows without any of the management of windows? Same reason Linux wont replace windows.

AnotherITguy said,
mark my words HP will completely dump windows by two years' time. I mean they already dumped windows home server in favor of home servers powered by webos.

OMG think of the bloatware on these things when they transfer it all over from windows..