Oracle, the leader in Java development tools plans to enter the mobile space. Oracle founder, Larry Ellison revealed considering the purchase of Blackberry maker Research in Motion or Palm. The confident Larry added “I had the idea we could enter the smartphone business and compete”.

Plenty of companies were considering the deal and Larry Ellison confirmed in court testimony that his company- Oracle- had considered snapping Palm back in the day. While Oracle thought, HP purchased the Palm for $ 1.2 billion.


HP has decided to open source parts of webOS 3.0.5 and labeled it as community edition. Though we are very happy about this baby step towards open sourcing, the actual open sourcing is far from real at present.

According to a blog post at HP webOS developer blog

Note that this release is not directly related to our Open webOS project, which remains dedicated to open sourcing an up-leveled version of webOS…

…We are publishing this legacy code to provide members of our community around the globe the ability to work with legacy devices using the current platform. One of our core values is that as many components of future and legacy operating systems should be open to the community. We value the contributions the webOS community has made over the past few years, and hope that this additional release will help you better understand the platform and create a constructive environment for moving forward as Open webOS itself is released.

Finally some sense towards the legacy devices…!!!

Phil McKinney, the ex CTO at HP, is also known as an ace innovator in the industry. He left HP last year to pursue his “other interests”.

His book Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation promotion saw an interview of his with fellow author Rick Mathieson. According to McKinney

[The Palm acquisition] was going to be a long term effort. Palm was struggling and HP was stepping in, doing the acquisition, and we were basically going to take three years hands-off. Palm was basically going to get cash infusions, resources, and expertise. But Palm was going to be given three years to basically get itself positioned to be a market leader in its space. Now, fast forward to July of 2011 and, one, you had a swap out of the CEOs – Leo comes in as the new CEO – and HP, for whatever reason – I was not a part of this decision – made the decision to kill it, one year into the three year program. This is an example of not committing long term to the resources and not having patience for innovation.

McKinney was in the core team that was responsible for the acquisition of Palm, but he was not there when the plug was pulled.


John Rubinstein has reportedly left HP. The Palm chief boarded HP when HP purchased Palm in July 2010.

Rubinstein said that he had intended moving on since before the launch of the TouchPad, but that he was asked to stick around and help them with the webOS transition.

He had told the following to All Things D on webOS

well, if HP invests in it the way it says it’s going to and they can build a community around it — and that’s not just people developing for the platform, but other companies using it — it will do well.

We wish him luck in his future endeavors..!!!

Meg Whitmen et al have decided to fill in the vacant spot of the Chief Strategy Officer at HP. This spot was previously held by Shane Robison, who took retirement. In addition to being CSO, Veghte will also be heading HP’s Cloud and webOS open source programs.

According to the press release by HP,

HP Names Bill Veghte Chief Strategy Officer

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012

HP today announced that Bill Veghte has been appointed chief strategy officer.

In addition to his new responsibilities, Veghte will continue in his current role as executive vice president of HP Software.

As chief strategy officer, Veghte will be responsible for keeping HP on the cutting edge of innovation. He will work with HP’s senior business and technology leaders to help define the IT industry’s future and make certain HP continues to lead the way. Veghte’s new role reaffirms HP’s commitment to providing customers with the latest platforms, products and services needed for success in a rapidly changing world.

“Every 10 to 15 years, fundamental shifts occur in the IT industry that redefine how technology is delivered,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “From mainframes to client/server to the internet, companies that identified the opportunity first and developed the right strategy came out on top. As we move forward, HP intends to stay on top, and I believe Bill has the knowledge and vision to keep us there.”

In addition to helping drive strategy for the company as a whole, Veghte will lead HP’s cloud and webOS open source initiatives.

Veghte joined HP in 2010. In the most recent fiscal year, he grew HP’s software business by 18 percent. Prior to HP, he spent two decades at Microsoft in a variety of senior leadership positions. Most recently, he managed the company’s $15 billion global Windows® business and was instrumental in the delivery and launch of Windows 7.

Nothing much to add here except we hope these changes bring some good for the webOS platform, which is now pretty “dead” dead…!!!

As promised by Meg Whitman, the HP webOS decision was to be taken in 3-4 weeks. Three weeks have passed, and Meg has said in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro that the decision will be taken in another two weeks.

She is most concerned about webOS and the 600 odd employees that formed the webOS GBU. HP might be considering Windows 8 as it’s next operating system but we can never be too sure about it. Maybe she’ll revive webOS.

Stay tuned for more..!!!

HP has released their financial report for Q4, and the results are not quite good. HP has lost a good $3.3 Billion post taxes. Out of this, a solid chunk of $2.1 Billion was a direct loss due to killing of the webOS platform, with thanks from the Mad King (aka Apotheker).

That makes it pretty square. HP has spent a Lot of money on the webOS platform. We just hope they keep it  alive.


If the blogosphere is to be believed, HP is indeed sending out feedback mails to the Touchpad customers asking them about their user experience with the Touchpad.

While it is fairly odd to collect feedback data for a canceled product, what is more odd is the fact that HP is going  into the nitty gritty by asking the customers questions ranging from

ease of setup, overall performance, and the webOS user interface to the ability to personalize the device, the quality of manufacturing, and the durability of the TouchPad.

This might hint at the resurrection of the almost dead webOS. We do remember Meg Whitman needs more time to arrive at a meaningful decision concerning webOS’ fate. Maybe this survey is a tool to gauge the customers’ interest and make sure that they “do it right” this time. who knows…except for HP??

Stay tuned for more..!!!

While everyone was skeptical that HP might soon announce a plan for it’s ill fated webOS, Meg Whitman surprised everyone (well, not everyone) by saying

It’s really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision.

Well said Meg. This decision is a wise decision as per me. Unlike Leo Apotheker, who just went madly destroying everything, Meg thinks she can arrive at a worthy decision within three to four weeks.

While it was highly speculated that the brilliant webOS would be sold off to the highest bidder from an array of heavyweights, Meg responded by saying

If HP decides [to keep webOS], we’re going to do it in a very significant way over a multi-year period

…it’s a very expensive proposition, but HP can make that bet.

Well, good going Meg, is all we have to say. Hope that you take a decision that is as much in favor of HP as it is in favor of the developers who word pretty hard to keep the platform alive.


HP has finally hit the kill switch. Touchpads are no more in production. After the grand fire sale, most of HP’s Touchpads were bought by junta at inhumanly low prices.

The remainder lot is currently in possession of BestBuy and it is selling it to people who buy HP PCs only.

According to an email sent out by HP

Dear Valued Customer,

Making sure customers have a positive experience when they purchase our products is a priority for us. In some cases, limited inventory makes it challenging to fulfill all customer orders. As you signed up for updates on the HP TouchPad, we wanted you to know that we are officially out of stock. Some retailers will have some stock available, but our online inventory is depleted.

Thank you for your interest in this product and the feedback you provided. Your input plays a critical role in defining our product roadmap and will help us continue to bring innovative products to market.



This email is an indirect proof that HP has stopped producing the TouchPads. But XDA developers have another point of view. According to them, there would be an Android version of the Touchpads, that is, if what they think is correct. Head over to XDA and read yourself.

Well, HP just lost it’s CTO. Phil McKinney has announced via his blog that he will be serving HP until 31 December 2011.

As per his blog

Earlier today, I announced that I will be retiring from HP.

This is not the traditional retirement.  I’m not planning on spending my days playing golf or sitting around the house driving my wife crazy. I have far too much passion, energy and ideas to sit on the sidelines.

My definition of retirement is the freedom to write, speak, mentor, advise and teach without the restrictions of the traditional employee/corporate structure.

My passion is to help innovators get better at innovating and I’ve spent the better part of the last dozen years fulfilling that mission.  My time at HP started out as an advisor on innovation that turned into a request to join for a year or so to “help grow the innovation culture at HP”.  That was 9 years ago.  I can honestly say that I’ve done everything that is within my power to fulfill that objective.

Phil was the person behind the teams that delivered Blackbird, Firebird, Envy 133, Gabble, Twynergy, Pluribus, Vantage TouchWall and DreamScreen.

After the retirement, he aspires to be the motivational speaker, author, mentor and innovator that the world has known him to be.

We wish him all the best…!!

Retails giant Best Buy is supposedly offering Touchpad for $150 with purchase of select HP or Compaq Desktop, Laptop, or all-in-one PCs at Best Buy.

This offer begins today and will be applicable on and all other brick and mortar stores. Though there is no mention on how long the offer will stay, we suspect that the offer would not last long as the Touchpads that are being offered are from the last batch in the production.

Anyways, $150 is way better than $50. Winking smile

The rumor mill was churning crazy that after retaining the PC business, HP was going to kill webOS. But Todd Bradley refutes the claim.

He stamps these as “unfounded rumors”. According to Engadget

He went on to say that "accolades for the operating system are broadly known" and that the company is focusing on how to "effectively utilize that phenomenal software."

While Meg Whitman is all for webOS, rumor has it that there would be a tight lipped stance towards anything concerning webOS, at least for some time.

Apparently Meg is not dumb like Leo Apotheker (whom I like to call Aerys Targeryan, the mad king) to understand that there has been no ROI on webOS yet, and apparently a big sum was spent to set up the webOS division and on the R&D. This amount would be a blot on the balance sheets if the whole webOS thing is flushed down the toilet.

We will keep you updated, not on rumors, but on rumors that make some sense. That is what our network is all about Winking smile.

Stay tuned…!!!

When Apotheker was playing Aerys II Targaryen, he made (as expected from Aerys) a decision to chop off the HP empire into fragments, aka spinning off it’s PC division.

Luckily, the Board of directors woke up on time and showed him the door and appointed Meg Whitman as the woman in charge in his stead. The lady after analyzing Apotheker’s strategy quoted

It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees.

The Press Release quotes

HP to Keep PC Division

Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2011

HP today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.

“HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”

The strategic review involved subject matter experts from across the businesses and functions. The data-driven evaluation revealed the depth of the integration that has occurred across key operations such as supply chain, IT and procurement. It also detailed the significant extent to which PSG contributes to HP’s solutions portfolio and overall brand value. Finally, it also showed that the cost to recreate these in a standalone company outweighed any benefits of separation.

The outcome of this exercise reaffirms HP’s model and the value for its customers and shareholders. PSG is a key component of HP’s strategy to deliver higher value, lasting relationships with consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise customers. The HP board of directors is confident that PSG can drive profitable growth as part of the larger entity and accelerate solutions from other parts of HP’s business.

PSG has a history of innovation and technological leadership as well as an established record of industry-leading profitability. It is the No. 1 manufacturer of personal computers in the world with revenues totaling $40.7 billion for fiscal year 2010.

“As part of HP, PSG will continue to give customers and partners the advantages of product innovation and global scale across the industry’s broadest portfolio of PCs, workstations and more,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “We intend to make the leading PC business in the world even better.”

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