No Brass Ring on HP's CEO Carousel
Sep 24, 2011, 14:00 (9 Talkback[s])
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"WebOS and the Palm brand were inherited by Apotheker, as HP had
purchased Palm about five months before his hiring. However,
Apotheker gave every indication that he was firmly behind the deal.
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek in March, he made his
now infamous claim about the Linux based mobile OS being
incorporated into HPs entire line of PCs:
"'Apotheker says he also wants to make better use of WebOS, the
computer-operating system acquired last year when Hewlett-Packard
purchased smartphone maker Palm Inc. for $1.2 billion. Starting
next year, every one of the PCs shipped by HP will include the
ability to run WebOS in addition to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows,
"'The move is aimed at enticing software developers to create a
wider range of applications that would differentiate HP PCs,
printers, tablets and phones from those sold by rivals.
"'You create a massive platform,' Apotheker said.'"