HP's Apotheker: WebOS on Every PC

Beginning in 2012, all Hewlett-Packard Co. PCs will include WebOS, the mobile operating system the vendor gained when it ponied up $1.2 billion for smartphone maker Palm Inc. last year, according to Leo Apotheker, HP chief executive, in an interview with Bloomberg News posted yesterday.

Apotheker said that the move will create a "massive platform" for software developers to build applications, including adding to the 6,000 applications currently available for WebOS-based devices, a figure dwarfed by the 350,000 applications constructed for Apple Computer Inc.'s iPhone and iPad and the 250,000 available for Google Inc.'s Android-based appliances.

HP's chief executive, on the job just over four months, has been open about his intention to bring a stronger emphasis on business software to the vendor's arsenal and bump up research and development investments.

Apotheker told Bloomberg, in commenting on his stratetic plans to redirect the company, that "HP has lost its soul," and that "the first thing I wanted to do when I joined HP was listen to people."

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