While Hewlett Packard's PC division has been saved by returning CEO Meg Whitman, it looks like its tablet OS webOS is dead in the water. While the new CEO says that the company plans to make a decision soon, UK-based paper The Guardian says that the decision has already been made to get rid of the operating system. It will inevitably be replaced by Microsoft's Windows 8 Phone OS.
"We’ll make a decision about the long-term future of webOS within the next couple months," Whitman said during HP’s quarterly earnings call.
The failure of HP to use the OS was a painful $1.2 billion lesson for investors, though Palm probably enjoyed the transaction that took place in April 2010. At the time HP seemed like it had plans to make a major move into smartphones and tablets. Sadly, that didn't happen.