HP to switch to WebOS on Future PC’s

Hewlett Packard CEO Leo Apotheker had some interesting news according to a Business Week article:

Apotheker says he also wants to make better use of WebOS, the computer-operating system acquired last year when Hewlett- Packard purchased smartphone maker Palm Inc. for $1.2 billion. Starting next year, every one of the PCs shipped by HP will include the ability to run WebOS in addition to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows, Apotheker said.

The move is aimed at enticing software developers to create a wider range of applications that would differentiate HP PCs, printers, tablets and phones from those sold by rivals.

That has got to be quite a shocker to Microsoft. Linux based OS’s have made huge strides lately, and with the rise of tables and smart phones, web based OS’s seem to be the future.

As a matter of fact many industry experts are saying that the desktop PC is dead. They envision the future “desktop” PC will be nothing more than a Tablet PC with an external keyboard.

It looks like Microsoft may be forced into making a decision. To change and adapt to the times, or continue with business as usual and end up becoming obsolete. But hey, they still have the Xbox right?