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Friday
Oct212011

HP testing Windows 8 on TouchPads

 

The products we thought were nixed at HP may not have actually been nixed just yet. The HP TouchPad, WebOS, and the PC division are still on the chopping block, but my sources at HP say that with the new CEO Meg Whitman, they haven't actually been chopped yet. 

So those HP TouchPads may not be historical artifacts after all. 

Sources at HP tell me the hardware team has been busy doing proof of concept work testing Windows 8 Preview Edition on the fire sale devices. Internally there's been discussion about reviving the defunct tablets or building new devices with Windows 8 in mind. 

HP effectively killed the TouchPad back in August when it announced plans to stop supporting webOS devices. A $99 fire sale ensued, and that demand prompted HP to build another round of TouchPads. We still don't know when that second round of devices will be available. 

Layoff notices are also on hold as HP assesses former CEO Leo Apotheker's decision to shutdown the PC division. Part of that assessment includes WebOS. Sources on the WebOS team tell me that HP is actively meeting with a number of interested buyers including HTC, LG, Nikon, and Amazon.

Just think, an LG WebOS enabled television or a WebOS enabled camera from Nikon.