When HP snatched up Palm, most of us assumed that the buy-up was intended as a “fuckyou” gesture at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. This was only too logical if you look at the recent history of HP’s iPaq line.
ZDNet now quotes HP’s CEO as following:
We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn’t seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP. The WebOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a web operating environment…We have tens of millions of HP small form factor web-connected devices…Now imagine that being a web-connected environment where now you can get a common look and feel and a common set of services laid against that environment. That is a very value proposition.
Folks – I have to admit that I am not yet sure what to make of this. webOS is intended for smartphones, and I struggle to see much value in a “Palm Printer”.
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