02/01/2012, 07:18 PM
Meg Whitman: HP webOS will have huge advantages over iOS and Android.
In a recent interview made by CRN to HP CEO Meg Whitman she answered two questions about webOS, between others. I think she is talking about fragmentation and maybe things we donīt know yet. However if you are kuddo developer pls just help us to understand what might be those advantages besides no webOS fragmentation compared with iOS and Android. Thanks.
Competition in the mobile space is fierce. What's HP's message to the remaining people on the webOS team?
This has been a very rocky period for the former Palm team/webOS team that we built. And this was not a happy set of occurrences over the last six to eight months. So we have lost some people.
But one of the reasons I wanted to get back to that group with a plan forward is [that] people can then make an informed decision -- OK, I like this vision, or I don't. Between August and November, there was no plan. So if you're an employee, you’re sitting there going, 'Wow, this is hard.'
So now there is a clear vision of what we're trying to accomplish. There will be some people who will not love that vision, and then there are people who are very excited about this vision, and what it can mean for an alternative, open-source operating system that has some real strengths to it.
A number of high-profile webOS people have left for positions elsewhere; is this a concern?
I think people will sign on. Some are going to sign off, and that's OK, because we actually now have a way forward. What I said to all the employees is, 'We need each of you to decide whether this is something that gets you excited. Here’s the way forward.'
We're going to build a new business together. We're going to build another operating system that has huge advantages, in my view, over iOS, which is a closed system, [and] Android, which is incredibly fragmented and may ultimately be more closed with [Google's] acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
We're great partners with Microsoft and Intel. But the fact is, the world can probably use one more operating system. So we're going to support it in a very big way and I'm excited about it. You can give us a grade in about a year, and I think the proof will be in the pudding in about two or three.