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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

HP to ship all PCs with webOS

By <author>Hayley Tsukayama</author>

Leo Apotheker, the head of Hewlett-Packard Co., said that all of the company's PCs will ship with webOS with the capability to dual-boot the company's operating system with Windows.

According to the report from BusinessWeek, the move is an attempt at encouraging developers to use HP's platform. WebOS has about 6,000 apps in its web app store, compared to more than 350,000 in Apple's App Store and 250,000 for the Android Marketplace.

HP, traditionally a hardware-focused company, acquired Palm and its webOS system in April 2010. for $1.2 billion. Apotheker, who came to HP from German software company SAP AG, has said repeatedly that he wants to steer the company more toward software production, a deviation from the plans of former CEO Mark Hurd.

The decision to include webOS on all of HP's computers, Apotheker said, will help distinguish HP products and build a major platform for the operating system.

What do you think of this decision? Does it affect your plans to buy (or not to buy) an HP?

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check out the article below for more information on the decision made by hp to bring webOS to desktops

Posted by: wanton777 | March 9, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me while I have a traumatic flashback to the OS wars of the 80s and 90s. They're clearly dipping a toe in the non-Windows future, but I don't think dual-boot really flies. I've had multiple boot systems for years and truth be told it's a pain to have to shut down to flip into the other OS. Better might be to bundle a virtual machine running WebOS into the Windows installation and supply a full developer kit and a way for them to share what they create. That would make it easy for developers to get started.

Posted by: sg0350 | March 9, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for this information. I am delighted to hear it. I have never been able to understand why all PC manufacturers automatically put Windows on their machines with so many other operating systems around. I still have one dual boot computer with Windows on it, but my policy now when I buy a new computer is to wipe the hard drive and put Ubuntu on it. This may not be an option for the average user, but this decision by HP is a good start to breaking the Windows monopoly.

Posted by: tiktin | March 9, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@tiktin You've got to be kidding me? You don't understand why " PC manufacturers automatically put Windows on their machines"? Raeally? Because the average consumer does not expect to have to pick what operating system to run on their machines. They expect Windows. Geeks are so ....

Posted by: khurt | March 9, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

@tiktin, i have to agree with khurt. How can you not understand why they put windows on their systems? I mean come on, the majority of software out there is for Windows and its the OS most people know. I mean even MACs can duel boot now into Windows lol.

Posted by: mjtrike97 | March 9, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant move, Leo. Go to war with Microsoft!

Posted by: abdulcrod | March 9, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

A whole 6,000 apps? My Linux distribution has over 29,000 packages but no app store, just free servers. I was running it on an old HP system here too until it died due to bad capacitors. Worked well until the hardware gave up the ghost. Was a VL400 1GHz Pentium 3 with 512MB RAM dumpster diver special. Booted up in 16 seconds too. My new i3 takes 5 seconds. Now that's what I call progress not webOS. I winder if I can include a URL in a comment?

Posted by: pfrederick1 | March 9, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Why not have them dual boot with Linux? That would be better for consumers.

Posted by: rickedelson | March 9, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

@pfrederick1, it's 6K currently, add "homebrew" apps it goes up, and HP has said that they will have " in the low tens of thousands" of apps by this summer when the Touchpad is released (and likely much more by 2012) Also, it's not the number of apps, but the quaility. Not that the current 6K are btter than a similar selection in other platforms, just saying that sheer numbers alone don't mean much.

@sg0350 and others: no one from HP has suggested anything about dual booting. They haven't given much in the way of details yet, but it looks like apps would just run in a browser by themselves, or perhaps in an HP app that had a browser back-end. Or they might create the webOS environment in this browser/app. Speculation so far, but I doubt they would force people to boot out of Windows. They are big MS partners and don't want to somehow seperate themselves or canabalize that partnership. They want something integrated INTO Windows. At least from my best guesses...

Posted by: dvdmon | March 9, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The dual boot idea is potentially brilliant depending on how it is incorporated. Most of the time computers are being used to check emails and surf the web. This does not require Windows or Office (with long boot up times). If the computer boots instantly on WebOS, even instant messaging and the social networks will be quickly and easily accessible as well as the aforementioned email and surfing. Also, the touch screen interface will function way better under WebOS than it ever did under Windows. With millions of WebOS capable computers sold, the apps will come!
Most importantly for HP is that it will have something to distinguish its products from the others it competes with.

Posted by: DickK1 | March 9, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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