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HP swears no Windows Phone 7 devices

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Sat July 24, 2010

HP drops Microsoft for all future smartphones

HP's Executive VP Todd Bradley confirmed in an interview on Friday that the company is dropping any future plans for a Microsoft OS on a phone. While he guarded himself by stressing that HP would still be "Microsoft's biggest customer," Bradley told CNBC that there would never be a Windows Phone 7 device from HP. All future smartphones will use webOS, he said.

"Our intent is to focus those resources and really make webOS the best OS it can be," the executive said.

The company's takeover of Palm has been a major setback for Microsoft, which has counted HP as one of its primary and oldest partners. Since taking on webOS, HP has marginalized its Windows 7 slate by making it an enterprise-first product and has hinted the upcoming PalmPad using webOS will be its true tablet for the mainstream. The Windows slate was previewed in January but has already been criticized for leaked specs showing low battery life and a higher price than the iPad.

Microsoft has noticeably shifted most of its Windows Phone 7 efforts away from the US, where Motorola has also opted out. Most of its confirmed partners are Asian firms that have previously been loyal to Windows Mobile.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iOS vs Android vs Windows Phone 7

    For all the talk by the fandroids about Android catching up with iOS I think Android has hurt Microsoft a whole lot more at this point. Microsoft has jumped the shark on mobile and they're going to pay for it dearly in the coming years. The mobile smartphone market belongs to iOS/iPhone/iPad and Android.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Even RIM has lost it's lustre. I got a BB8900 last week as my work smart phone and it's just awful. I've ended up just hiding and disabling most of the functions and all the side buttons just to make it usable for incoming e-mail, SMS, and talk.

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not so fast...

    The smartphone market is still growing and there's always room for others to jump in and take a share of the market. If Microsoft can deliver a truly consumer friendly OS, then they will get customers. Microsoft's share of the market has dwindled almost into obscurity, because development of WinMo is stagnant. And I'm guessing that Microsoft actually wants WinMo to be a distant memory when they release WP7.

    It's my belief that Android is only growing as large as it is, because there is not real competition in the OEM market. Manufacturers are ditching WinMo and moving to Android (or developing their own OS). When WP7 does actually surface and have a feature parity with Android, we'll start to see Android's numbers fall and Microsoft's rise.

    I believe Microsoft would rather see more phones adopting Android, than what has happened with HP, moving towards a proprietary OS; that's one less possible customer for Microsoft.

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  1. freddymac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HP OEM?

    Guess HP is going to be paying a lot more for Winblows 7 now. Ha Ha

  1. MacnnChester

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hmm, three OS's

    Since I'm not a programmer, I don't know the relative ease or merits of developing on WebOS vs. iOS vs. Android, but this is the first time in a long time that we have the same energy and kind of excitement that we had when the desktop wars were still being fought.

    Remember when crappy windows, OS/2, early Linux, System 7 and the clones made it seem that developers and customers were driving the industry and not the board rooms of MS and Intel? That was when I was watching desktop refreshes on a weekly basis and hoping that Apple's promise of being able to run windows stuff out of the box would actually come true.

    Of course now customers in India and China are helping drive things, not just the US and Europe, so this future will not be just in the hands of American geeks as in the past.

    This was a good interview though I would have liked follow-up questions on why Mr. Hp kept bringing up connectivity so much. How much more connected do we need to be if we can talk, text, tweet, video-to-YouTube and GPS ourselves to Borg-like assimilation already? Unless Hp intends to implant reticles in our eyes (along with a cool laser), I don't see what more his smart phones could do that an iPhone 4 can't.

    Their only hope is that Indian and Chinese developers find WebOS so much better that they either ignore Android and iOS or at least co-develop with them.

    Let's hope that global standards force the market to allow all three OS's to grow well enough to evolve some form of interoperability or even eventually virtualization and that MS finds comfort in running only accounting software and X-Box.

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