234x134win8features1

HP Promises New Tablet, Could It Be Windows 8?

HP says a non-webOS tablet is on its way, and the PC business will only spin off if it makes it stronger

On by Peter Judge 3

Hewlett-Packard will launch new tablets in future, despite cancelling the webOS-based TouchPad, and is evaluating Windows 8 for the purpose, executives have said.

HP was being tightlipped about its tablet plans at the Canalys Channel Forum in Barcelona, but executive vice president Ann Livermore assured the conference that HP would only sell off the PC business – a prospect announced by former CEO Leo Apotheker in August – if it made the division stronger.

‘Uncertainty is bad’

“If we decide to spin off PSG [HP's personal systems group], it will only be because we believe it will be even stronger,” said Livermore. The company is analysing this very carefully, and is trying to accelerate that process because, she said, “uncertainty is bad”.

The uncertainty began, and HP’s share price fell, when Apotheker announced the possibility of the spin-off, at the same time as revealing that the company’s webOS phones and tablets would be cancelled, and HP would buy Autonomy for $10 billion.

Announcing the possibilty of a deal may have looked bad, but was the only thing to do, said Livermore (pictured). “We chose to announce it, because we were getting input from too many people to keep it confidential.”

Even if the business is spun off, it will still have strong links, and HP will keep its channel focus, she assured the audience of IT channel companies. “No other company does a higher percentage of its business in the channel,” she said.

Her mention of the tablet was tantalising, merely assuring the audience that HP would have a product in that space. Earlier in the day, speaking to eWEEK Europe, Andre Bodson, vice president of the commercial channel, for the personal systems group, was a little more forthcoming.

“We will still have tablet solutions,” said Bodson. “Our charter is to make connected devices for mobile and secure access.” Given the withdrawal of the webOS line, the only options seem to be Android, or to wait for Windows 8, but Bodson would not be drawn on which way it would go.

“We are evaluating Windows 8, but it is a few months away,” he said.

Peter Judge
Author: Peter Judge
Editor, TechWeekEurope
Peter Judge Peter Judge Peter Judge Peter Judge
Techweekeurope for mobile devices
Android-App Google Currents App for iOS

Last comment




3 replies to HP Promises New Tablet, Could It Be Windows 8?

  • On October 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm by Dean

    HP has actually had two independent lines of tablets all along. The HP Slate, which runs Windows 7 tablet edition, has been available since before the Touchpad even had a name. But it’s unreasonably pricey, neither Microsoft nor HP gave it significant marketing support, though for different reasons.

  • On October 8, 2011 at 2:38 am by joker gallagher

    i think that HP should support a android tablet, but create a PALM/web OS overlay this would support palm/web apps. and just use the old touch pads for it. then for a windows 8 tablet they should have a high end touch pad with maybe a few more hard ware options. blue tooth key board, digitizer pen, but simple.

    • On October 8, 2011 at 2:41 am by joker gallagher

      the tablet running windows 8 should be called web 8 or palm 8 or 8 pad

Leave a Reply

  • Required fields are marked *,
    Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>