Friday, August 19, 2011

Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker Might sell, License webOS - Ina Fried - Mobile - AllThingsD

Perhaps for the patents; probably not to make another run at establishing WebOS as a device platform

CFO Cathie Lesjak largely reiterated Apotheker’s dual message, but added some grim financial numbers to the mix, indicating that the webOS unit was the cause of hundreds of millions of dollars in losses and threatened to cause an even bigger loss next quarter had the company continued to move forward with its strategy.

Not that long ago, of course, HP saw all kinds of options for the software, promising to put it on all manner of PCs and printers, not to mention tablets and phones.

Just what HP is trying to do with webOS in terms of selling it or licensing it is not clear. Richard Kerris, the former Apple executive brought in by HP to head developer outreach efforts, held out hope a buyer might be found.

Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker Might sell, License webOS - Ina Fried - Mobile - AllThingsD

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