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HP says Windows 7 slate due in fall, webOS still coming

updated 06:15 pm EDT, Thu July 22, 2010

HP vows Win 7 slate soon while addressing Palm

HP at the Fortune Tech conference said its Windows 7-based Slate 500 should arrive in the fall. Executive VP Todd Bradley didn't have details but downplayed rumors that it was dropping the project and said it would focus more on enterprise than the general public. Rumors have put the tablet as late as October, or nearly 10 months after it was first shown at CES.

Jon Rubinstein, former Palm CEO and now head of HP's mobile team, emphasized that webOS tablets like the PalmPad were coming as well but didn't have a similar timeframe to that of Bradley. He did promise that the more touch-friendly OS would be on not just smartphones and tablets but also "webbooks," often referred to as smartbooks. Adobe and HP were also still "testing" Flash 10.1 for webOS, but Rubinstein was emphatic that webOS would have the plugin. The update to webOS 2.0 should arrive before the end of the year as well.

Bradley addressed the seeming "betrayal" of Microsoft by using webOS over a Windows variant but, like Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, was adamant the two would stay friendly. Both companies are comfortable with having to compete in certain areas and don't see it as a change in commitment, he argued.

Likewise, he was quick to address concerns of too many mobile operating systems. To him, the number of operating systems was dictated by the market and that it was more important to execute well with whichever platforms are in use than to consolidate.

The joint speeches appear to offset concerns that Microsoft may have lost its best tablet customer as companies retool their designs to better compete against the currently market leading iPad. Losing HP would have been considered potentially fatal, but ASUS may have already set Microsoft back by dropping Windows Embedded Compact for Android on one of its key Eee Pad versions.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Foe Hammer

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    Lagovation on Ice!

    Still skating to where the puck used to be.

  1. baggy_pants

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    Thank God!

    Finally I'll be able to use my 1.44MB discs on a tablet. When will the computer-type industry listen to the actual users, and who - just who - and I really mean who!!! - thinks about the children!!! For heaven's sake, think about the children!!!

  1. spyintheskyuk

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    Smoke and Mirrors

    Oh paleeze this is simply a blurring at the edges under extreme MS pressure and no doubt funds to try to hide the fact that they have been rebuffed. 'Aiming it at business' tells us all we need to know about how HP feel about the likelihood of its success at best this is simply trying to maintain a foothold in that environment while they wait to produce 1) a compelling WebOS product for the mass market (in other words one where it will sell) which plainly they can't achieve this year and 2) hope that within a year or two a 'full featured' OS (and a chip to run them successfully) will be ready for tablet use, at least to the point that the marketing boys can con enough potential customers.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    No Matter Where You Are

    "No matter where you are or what kind of fun you are in the mood for..."

    That's how the verbiage began for HP's Slate 500 catalog entry on HP's website (before it was pulled).

    Just reeks of being targeted at business, does it? LOL.

    Spin, spin, a top going round

    But anyway, maybe it will be 'targeted' at business, or mainly they expect that will be who buys it.
    It's a curiously strange strategy to build awareness - seemingly kill the product - build awareness again as an 'afterthought' type product....I don't get it.

    Still, I think Windows Phone 7 is going to be a success, because of pent up demand, because the Windows brand still has value. Having a tablet at the right time, might be a good thing. No I didn't get confused and assume this is a Windows Phone 7 tablet - but Windows versions are linked to each other in the mind of most people. Having a Windows tablet, while Windows Phone 7 gets hot - might be a good thing, I repeat.

    Just keep the costs down, and see what happens, why not.

  1. djbeta

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    Joined: Jan 2004


    Why not?

    Because Windows sucks.

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