HP may be focused on webOS and its new TouchPad tablet, which just launched today, but that doesn’t mean the company has completely ditched Windows. However, according to execs, it does mean that Android does not factor in HP’s future.
Speaking with Fast Company, HP’s president and CTO of its personal systems group, Phil McKinney, flat-out dismissed Google’s operating system. “We don’t do Android,” he said.
He should have added “anymore,” as the company released an Android-powered tablet device as part of its eStation printer in September 2010. The device primarily functioned as a detachable printer monitor, but sported all the familiar tablet features, including widgets and apps.
Shy About Windows 8
McKinney and Richard Kerris, VP of webOS developer relations, were a little coyer when the subject turned to Windows 8.
McKinney claimed he was limited in what he could say about Windows 8, only offering that, “We’re working very closely with [Microsoft], and I’m going to leave it at that or I’m going to start getting myself into trouble.”
Kerris claimed that there was no current effort to build a Windows 8 tablet, but given HP’s market-leading PC business, it’s a good bet HP will ship Windows 8 devices, including tablets. The company already has a Windows 7 tablet on the market in the form of the Slate 500, and it has recently refreshed its line of convertible EliteBook tablets.
Windows 8 will the next-generation of Microsoft’s vaunted operating system. According to Microsoft, it was developed from the ground up to support touch. A common criticism lobbed at Windows 7 is that it is built for the precision of a cursor and mouse, not a fingertip. One way Microsoft looks to overcome that is through tiles, similar to the widget-like icons prevalent in Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s mobile operating system.
Source: Fast Company