06/19/2011, 10:41 PM
There is no question that it comes with Quickoffice. Even the Pre2 and the Veer do. What is in question is whether it comes with only the document viewer version or if it comes with the version with full editing capabilities.
Originally Posted by Mike5
The answer seems pretty uncertain right now, although the rumors seem to be suggesting that it will include the viewer-only version out of the box, with a free upgrade to the full-editing version coming at some point after launch. Whether or not these rumors are accurate or, if so, how long after launch that will be is very up in the air.
As a software developer with many years of industry experience, I have a hard time being overly critical of something like this. I certainly believe they should have put a lot of effort into getting the editing suite ready for launch, but I do have lots of first hand knowledge of how unexpected delays can sometimes force tough decisions in order to meet vital marketing-driven deadlines.
If the rumor turns out to be true, I certainly doubt very much that anyone at HP wanted to launch the tablet without document editing, but it may very well have been at a point where they had little choice. One key thing to keep in mind is that shelf space and promotional materials (such as listings in newspaper ads) for stores like Wal-Mart and Best Buy typically are booked weeks or, often, months in advance. If the product isn't ready to go by those dates, then your window of opportunity is missed and your product may suffer greatly. For this reason, it is sometimes necessary to make compromises like this to meet that deadline.
To put it simply, having to push out the full version of QuickOffice a few weeks (or even months) later likely was the much lesser evil for HP than not having a TouchPad ready to ship by the date that the major retailers expected it.