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In addition, HP plans on dividing its web OS arm into two separate units reporting to different areas of the company, according to two leaked memos that have made their way onto the Web.The web OS software assets will find their way into the arms, however welcoming, of its Office of Strategy and Technology.The manufacturer originally had big plans for loading the operating system onto a variety of devices, including tablets, smartphones, desktops and laptops.However, sales of its Touch Pad proved anemic, and HP made the decision to end the tablet's life after a mere six weeks on the market.The other parts of the web OS corporate infrastructure, presumably including its hardware interests, will continue as part of the Personal Systems Group, which manufactures HP's PCs, and which will presumably be spun off into its own entity under the terms of the company's new strategy.
"We believe logical buyers may include Samsung Electronics, Research In Motion, HTC, Amazon.com, Facebook, Sony, Microsoft and others." Follow Nicholas Kolakowski on Twitter Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at e WEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs.
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Hewlett-Packard will apparently need close to two months to start fulfilling backorders for the (temporarily) revived Touch Pad tablet.
"It will take 6-8 weeks to build enough HP Touch Pads to meet our current commitments, during which time your order will then ship from this stock with free ground shipping," read an email sent to customers and reprinted in a Sept. "You will receive a shipping notification with a tracking number once your order has shipped." HP originally acquired web OS as part of its takeover of Palm in 2010.
"The remainder of the web OS team, under Stephen De Witt, will continue to report into PSG." According to at least one analyst, flooding the market with additional Touch Pad devices could have significant benefits for HP going forward.
A "larger installed base of Touch Pad and web OS devices should increase the value of web OS in a potential sale," Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu wrote in a research note widely circulated on Barron's and other financial Websites.