Dear Mike Crane:
I have been watching your tablet-buying decision-making with deep concern.
All along, you have been wanting choice.
Well good news for you! You still choices even after the death of the HP TouchPad!
You can choose White or Black.
No, he didn’t send that.
But he might as well have.
Especially getting my surname wrong. To be mean!
I’ve been listening to the conference call and the spin has been this:
1) webOS cratered due to inadequate hardware
2) People really love webOS
This is the same bullshit that Palm itself dished out before HP bought it!
Who’s to blame for the hardware? Aliens from outer space? HP once bragged about how fast they slapped webOS on a tablet!
And people love webOS only insofar as they imagine it. The reality of it is that it’s slow and will probably always be behind both iOS and Android.
I’m not buying anything that HP is saying.
Within a month, I expect the entire webOS team to be pinkslipped. There is no valid reason to continue that expense. It’s worth more as a total Palm patent portfolio. As even the webOS team has had to admit, it’s fit for only one CPU, period.
HP will take a $1B charge to wind down webOS. That’s on top of a $332M loss they’ve eaten so far.
Hoping for a licensee to come along is laughable, if not delusional. The well has been poisoned and no one will drink from it.
Jobs and Page and Ballmer have probably already put in calls to HP about buying the patents.
And since it’s increasingly looking like I will have no choice other than an iPad, I hope Apple wins the portfolio bidding.
Oh, the second-rate suckups and ass-kissers are revealing themselves today.
None of them would have dared to write that.
They want to keep speaking to “Important People” and they think that makes them somehow smart or clever or — gasp! — even someone who can think.
Nothing but spineless, gutless little children who will sell all of you out to keep their access.
Fuck That Shit.
All those “Important People” at HP?
They’re now failures.
Just like you pack of Quislings.
HP Confirms Discussions with Autonomy Corporation plc Regarding Possible Business Combination; Makes Other Announcements
In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
For all intents and purposes, it’s all over.
HP will see if anyone will purchase webOS and the Palm patents.
Once again, I told all of you before anyone else.
Same-day Update: It’s worse than I figured — HP Kills TouchPad, Pre, And Veer Devices
Word is that HP will spend $10B on some company and also spin off its PC business.
The PC business is what is known as the Personal Systems Group, headed by Todd Bradley, who
conned convinced HP into spending $1.2B for Palm.
If you don’t believe me, read this and see this:
Todd Bradley is Executive Vice President of HP’s Personal Systems Group, a $40 billion annual revenue business that includes personal computers, technical workstations, HP webOS-powered tablets and smart phones, personal storage solutions and internet services.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
So after “doubling down” on webOS, HP decides to dump it!
How soon before Bradley sells all of it to Apple for patent money?
Oh, there will be those who say the HP TouchPad is important to the Enterprise. Right. Those stupid TV ads we’ve all seen were aimed straight at that market, right? Wake up!
Apotheker apparently believes we have entered a “post-PC” world — and he’s now dumping the PC business.
Filed under Stupid, webOS