webOS all-hands meeting scheduled for tomorrow morning - it all finally comes to a head
We've just received word that tomorrow will finally bring the answers for which we have been waiting. HP CEO Meg Whitman has weighed the options for what to do with webOS, and tomorrow at 10:30 AM Pacific Time we should finally get and answer. It's been a long four months since former CEO Leo Apotheker made the decision to split HP in two and shut down webOS device operations just 49 days after the TouchPad launched. Whitman has done what she could to undo the damage wrought by Apotheker, and has already un-spun-off the the PC division of HP. With that multi-billion disaster out of the way, she's turned her attention to HP's other multi-billion (though smaller) debacle: webOS.
Rumor and speculation have been swirling for what seems like an eternity. At first the general assumption was that HP would sell webOS to the highest bidder, possibly just for the foundational smartphone patents held by HP. But as time went on, more and more potential suitors publicly backed out. Whitman has taken her time coming to a decision, but recently has been making increasingly positive statements about webOS.
With an all-hands meeting for the webOS Global Business Unit scheduled for tomorrow and Whitman set to attend, we're expecting to finally get some answers. It was exactly one month ago that Whitman stood before the same group, pledging to take the time to make "the right decision, not the fast decision," and that if HP were to keep webOS, they'd do so "in a very significant way over a multi-year period."
What exactly is her decision? Stay tuned...