Hi all,

FYI....see link. 5 firms that may well be affected by HP deciding to sell or keep webOS

Take care,

Jay



HP's webOS Decision Could Affect Oracle, Amazon, Microsoft
By: Nicholas Kolakowski
2011-11-09

HP's webOS Decision Could Affect Oracle, Amazon, Microsoft - Mobile and Wireless - News & Reviews - eWeek.com

Oracle: Reuters suggested Nov. 7 that Oracle “might be among the likely technology firms interested in the asset,” according to an unnamed source “close to the matter.” Oracle President Mark Hurd was the one who masterminded the Palm takeover when he was CEO of HP, evidently seeing the former’s intellectual property as valuable. That sort of thinking might dominate current discussion in Oracle’s boardrooms, especially if the company sees that IP as a door to creating new products in mobility and ubiquitous connectivity.

Amazon: Given the litigious atmosphere gripping the tech world these days, a company could do well to augment its intellectual-property portfolio with a raft of patents. Purchasing Palm’s assets on the cheap could give a company like Amazon a little additional IP cover as it drives further into the mobile segment. The question is whether Palm’s patents would offer sufficient protection from an Apple or other tech titan with a huge legal team. Also, Amazon already has a cross-licensing agreement in place with Microsoft, which (at least in theory) protects its Kindle Fire from one of the more aggressive companies in the space.

Google: The need for patent protection might drive Google to make a play for webOS. However, the search-engine giant is in the midst of swallowing Motorola Mobility, and perhaps lacks the appetite to make another high-profile acquisition so soon.

Intel: Intel has made no secret of its desire to expand into new areas. It previously spearheaded the development of the MeeGo operating system. The webOS assets might provide further building material for its mobility plans.

Microsoft: Redmond could make a play for webOS, if only to deprive a competitor of its patents and code. A Microsoft play, however, would be heavily dependent on price; the company’s spent a pretty penny this year on Skype, and its executives might balk at paying out hundreds of millions—or even a billion—for an asset with questionable ROI.