Hewlett Packardâ€™s exit from the tablet market was quite a jolt even though a lot of people already predicted that it was inevitable. One of the fallouts of HPâ€™s move was that the operating system that they bought from Palm for $1.2 billion, WebOS, was suddenly placed in limbo. HP finally addressed the issue when it announced that it has decided to release WebOS as an open source software.
HPâ€™s decision to turn WebOS to the public was a bit of a shock. Most people were speculating that the company will just sell it to recoup some of its investment. Others thought that HP will just totally mothball the OS. HPâ€™s decision leaves many to conclude that it still believes in WebOS and that it will benefit from open source development. [Read more…]