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HP Notebooks to Dual Boot WebOS and Windows in 2012

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HP Plans to offer WebOS, the same operating system that is on the Pre phones and will grace the HP TouchPad, on all HP computers in 2012. This proclamation comes from HP CEO Leo Apotheker who reportedly said, ““every one of the PCs shipped by HP will include the ability to run WebOS in addition to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows.”

The move is bold, but not unexpected as HP has big plans for the WebOS operating system and it is an attempt to gain additional support from developers to support the Pre smart phones and the HP TouchPad which will launch in the coming months and try to compete with the iPad 2, which already has 65,000 apps.

HP notebooks will still run Windows, but in 2012 Apotheker wants users to have the option of using WebOS and WebOS apps on their notebooks. This alternate method of use wouldn’t necessarily require touchscreens on all of the HP notebooks, but rather rely on the mouse and keyboard. WebOS on a notebook would likely act as a quickboot operating system, allowing users to get to work or get online quicker than booting Windows.

If HP plans this right, they could deliver apps that work on your phone, tablet and notebook — possibly for one purchase price. If HP delivers on this promise of WebOS on every notebook in 2012, the company could benefit from the options, but it will still face a challenge in getting users to try a new operating system.

HP WebOS demo:

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

2 Comments

  1. Mike Reilly

    March 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    When you said that HP is going to put WebOS and Windows 7 on the future HP computers, I was giddy with excitement; that is, until you said they were going to dual boot. I gues that means I an be using one or the other.

    What we need is for WinP7, WebOS, or IOS to sit on top of a true Win 7 OS, not to limit Windows 7, but to access it easily in a mobile setting.

    I had hoped WinP7 would do it, but Microsoft doesn’t have enough vision any more for Windows. I figured Apple wouldn’t, just on principle, “because it’s Windows”. I hoped that HP would see the need and the opportunity, but I guess they couldn’t see that far. It will still be kind of fun to have WebOS on the laptop/tablet, but we will then have to boot into Windows 7 to use the Windows programs.

    Just think what it could be like if you could bring up WebOS, as you walk around town. If you wanted to write in Word, you would click the WebOS “Word” icon, and it would bring up Word in Windows 7. The next step would be to integrate WebOS with Word. I doubt that Microsoft would permit that. Maybe if Microsoft sees someone else messing with their Windows experience, they will see the vision to do it with WinP7 (or WindP8).

  2. SayWhat

    March 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Nothing HP said would indicate dual booting. Elsewhere in the same presentation he talked about giving windows a “webOS experience” and clearly he is talking about adding webOS user gestures and the ability to run webOS apps. Dual boot was not discussed and would be stupid to consider.

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