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Epocrates beta expires today

by Riz Parvez Tue, 14 Jun 2011 2:46 pm EDT

The day has finally arrived. While there was a moment where webOS users working in healthcare had reason to hope for an eleventh-hour reprieve, sadly it wasn’t to be. Epocrates for webOS ceased functioning today.

While other choices remain, to say this is a disappointing outcome is certainly an understatement. Rewind twelve months to the buyout of Palm by HP and there was plenty of reason to be enthusiastic about the future of the app catalog. Certainly there's no denying the enthusiasm of the people within HP when it came to webOS's future prospects. None of that, however, changed the announcement of Epocrates' departure last December. As time passed, declarations of scale, enterprise presence, or distribution prowess did little to change the course of events. Even HP listing Epocates specifically as an app that they were working on getting back did nothing to avert today. In fact, Epocrates' last word on the matter was to add the Veer, Pre3 and TouchPad to the list of unsupported devices and suggest we take a look at a different OS.

How is the webOS enthusiast to take this news? With so much lead time, perhaps the valupe proposition HP was making didn’t resonate, or maybe the stakes in healthcare weren’t high enough. We may never know for sure, and perhaps in time fortunes will change for the better. After all, there’s no denying that HP’s first halo product is highly anticipated in the tech world, and HP seems to be pulling out all the stops when it comes to that launch on July 1st. Sometimes a little momentum is all it takes. Still, the fact today remains the same. For webOS fans in medicine, we might win some but we just lost one.