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The Second Most Important Failed OS

There’s little doubt that NeXTSTEP was the most important failed operating system. Though it went down with the overpriced and underpowered NeXT computer, it evolved into Mac OS X when NeXT was acquired by Apple and NeXTSTEP architect Avie Tevanian …...

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by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 10th, 2013
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HP’s Future: Apple, IBM–or Dell?


On Oct. 3, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman will give analysts her strategy for restoring the battered tech giant. A close look at the company’s financials and its business suggests that it has the strengths to stay around for a long …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 3rd, 2012
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Of Course HP Will Enter the Smartphone Market Again

Two weeks ago, the industry was abuzz with discussion about Meg Whitman’s Fox Business interview on September 13. There, she said HP must ultimately offer a smartphones. This set off a chain of new stories, some aghast that HP would …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 25th, 2012

Why the PC Industry Cannot Ignore Smartphones

When HP abandoned their smartphone and tablet business and webOS last August, many in the industry were disappointed in the speed of the Palm acquisition and the quick dismantling of it. Some who consider themselves "business-savvy" said it was the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 31st, 2012

Why webOS Deserves Another Chance

My colleague at Tech.pinions, Steve Wildstrom, wrote a great piece last Friday that chronicles Palm’s past and suggested that webOS is at the end of the road. While he may be right, a part of me wants to think …

by Tim Bajarin   |   December 12th, 2011

Palm: The End of a Long and Troubled Road

The original Palm

I was delighted back in the spring of 2010 when Hewlett-Packard announced it was buying Palm. I’ve been a fan of Palm for 15 years, but throughout its history, the company has always been hamstrung by a …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 9th, 2011

Analysis: HP Releases webOS to Open Source Community

Today HP made a fascinating decision. One that is disruptive, exciting, and could lead to valuable innovation. HP has decided to release webOS to the open source community. This decision could have significant impact on the mobile landscape …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 9th, 2011

Open Source webOS: A Nice Gesture, but a Sad End

In the end, Hewlett-Packard could neither use webOS to gain a foothold in the smartphone and tablet market, nor could it sell the operating system it acquired as part of the $1.2 billion purchase of Palm last year. So it …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 9th, 2011
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What if Amazon Bought webOS?

MobileBeat has an interesting article this morning reporting that Amazon is apparently in talks to buy webOS from HP.

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Although this deal could make a fair bit of sense I don’t see the immediate need for …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 30th, 2011

Is There Room for A New Mobile OS?

A couple of years ago, when various handset makers were looking for a mobile OS to back for their devices, they were given a proposition from Google that was hard to refuse. Google would provide an open source version …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 22nd, 2011

How Will HP Hold webOS Talent

Joshua Topolsky at This IsMyNext has details on an all-hands meeting at which Stephen DeWitt, head of HP’s webOS business unit, declared that “we are not walking away from webOS” and promised an outline for the future within a couple …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 18th, 2011

webOS: Forget About Licensing, the Game’s Over

Hewlett-Packard’s announcement today that it was discounting all webOS products, including the TouchPad tablet and Pre phones, set off a flurry of speculation that the elegant ex-Palm mobile operating system might find a third life through licensing to hardware manufacturers.

But …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 18th, 2011

Why non- iPad Tablets Aren’t Selling Well is Fundamental

So why aren’t non-iPad tablets selling as well as the iPad? I read a very interesting article Wednesday from James Kendrick at ZDNet. His contention is that one of the biggest issues is competing with Apple’s “consistent marketing experience”. I …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   August 18th, 2011

10 Days With the HP TouchPad Tablet

As I have described in previous posts on my AMD blog, part of my job entails forecasting future usage models for consumers and businesses. One of the various techniques I use is living with today’s technology and then extrapolating forward. …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 12th, 2011

Android Could be Vulnerable if HP Licenses WebOS

I’ve been pondering the question of Android’s growth, sustainabilty and market share for some time now. For several years now as we have been discussing strategy and market trends with our clients, Android always seems to enter the discussion …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 6th, 2011

HP TouchPad Review – 3 Things Set it Apart

I have been a WebOS fan since it was first released. Actually I have been a Palm fan in general since the first Palm Pilot. So to say that i’d love to see HP succeed with …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 29th, 2011