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.”