HP still not sure what to do with webOS, will take three-to-four weeks to decide
Well that was unexpected, and a major letdown. According to reports coming in to The Verge, HP's still not sure what they've going to do with webOS. Said CEO Meg Whtiman at tonight's apparently unneccesary all-hands meeting, "It's really importatnt to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision," and that "If HP decides to do this [to keep webOS], we're going to do it in a very significant way over a multi year period." She also said that the decision will likely be made in the next three-to-four weeks.
We were prepared for everything from HP selling webOS to HP keeping webOS to HP killing webOS. But HP not doing anything and calling an all-hands meeting to say essentially nothing? We didn't expect that to be the case.
But... if we're going to read anything into what Whitman is saying, they're very seriously considering keeping webOS and giving it another go. Which would complete the greatest reversal in corporate history. First HP reneges on spinning off the PC division after preparing to do so, and them HP decides to start going strong with webOS again despite having effectively killed it less than three months prior. At this point, anything's still possible, though what's likely is another question entirely.
It still makes us wonder: why an all-hands meeting to announce nothing? It's to salve the anxious webOS employee base. News of this wasn't supposed to leak out, but they know as well as you that everybody's eager for any news, just to move on to the next chapter. This meeting served to assuage the flight instincts of the employees and assure them that HP is giving serious consideration to doing right by webOS themselves. "A very significant way over a multi-year period" says it all - HP's not just considering keeping webOS, they're considering going all in and picking up where they left off and going full steam ahead.
Source: The Verge