Hewlett-Packard, continuing to raise questions about Microsoft’s long-term dominance in PC operating systems, plans to ship its webOS operating system on every one of its PCs — alongside Windows — starting next year.

That nugget is included in a new Bloomberg BusinessWeek story about HP.  The company, the world’s largest PC maker, had previously said it would bring webOS to PCs, but the scope of its plans wasn’t clear until now.

HP’s decision underscores how traditional mobile and PC platforms are increasingly blending. The company acquired webOS with its purchase of mobile phone company Palm last year.

The situation also highlights the importance of apps. BusinessWeek reports that 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.” The magazine quotes HP CEO Leo Apotheker saying the idea is to create “a massive platform.”

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  • http://pauloflaherty.com Paul OFlaherty

    Maybe I’m wrong here, but it’s my understanding that WebOS on the PC runs on top of Microsoft windows.

  • Victorteles95

    Well, when I buy my next PC (HP), next year… I think I’ll format it… Sorry WebOS but Windows FTW

  • http://x.co/J9cm PortablePay – PhoPay – PhoPal

    but the only way to compete with Android is to sell the webOS also to many other computer and smartphone companies

    • Bob

      You’re assuming Google doesn’t lose the Android lawsuit filed by Oracle. Bad assumption.

  • Guest

    This should be a time when HP and MS work closer together to try and compete better against Oracle and Apple. Instead, they’re pulling apart and thereby weakening the position of each.

    HP may have aspirations of being Apple. But they’re not Apple. And when this WebOS effort fails because of HP’s inability to lead in phones or attract developers, they and MS will both be worse off.

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