As the tablet market takes shape as one of the next major battlegrounds in IT, computing giant HP has offered some insight into its plans.
Speaking with financial analysts on the company’s quarterly earnings call, HP executives said that they are planning devices powered both by Windows 7 and webOS, the operating system HP picked up in the acquisition of Palm. As for timing, the business-oriented Windows 7 tablet should hit the market this year, while the webOS device should arrive sometime in 2011. Hardware Central has the details.
An HP tablet using Windows 7 could be in the offing relatively soon, company officials confirmed this week, in a rare hint of how HP’s tablet strategy is taking shape even as new competitors circle.
Speculation had been rampant regarding HP’s plans to tackle the burgeoning tablet PC market, and how it intends to juggle competing operating systems — Microsoft’s Windows and its own Palm webOS — in building devices for both business and consumer needs. Despite some indications in recent months that it was favoring webOS as the basis for its tablet PC strategy, though, HP officials got more specific, describing timing that seemed to indicate the Windows 7 tablet is still on track for this year.