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HP TouchPad to omit document editing until later in summer

updated 11:40 am EDT, Sun June 19, 2011

HP TouchPad doc editing to come only in update

HP's imminent TouchPad won't have proper document editing when it launches next month. The QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite will arrive with the webOS tablet as promised, but an internal presentation has shown it will only support viewing Excel, PowerPoint, and Word documents on launch. The copy of the presentation seen by PreCentral would have at least PowerPoint editing coming only with an update sometime in the summer.

The company has been pushing to get the TouchPad out on time and has mostly been waiting on support for webOS 3 apps to get the device out the door. A decision to forego QuickOffice editing points to HP being willing to sacrifice other features to get the tablet out after five months of waiting from when it was first unveiled.

As the first real webOS tablet, the 9.7-inch slate will get an interface optimized for the larger screen from the start as well as as webOS firsts like a front camera for video chat and support for device-to-device pushing of web links. It's considered closest in spirit to the iPad 2 with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 16GB or 32GB of storage for prices of $499 and $599 respectively in Wi-Fi versions.

by MacNN Staff



  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another half-baked tablet...

    but it worked for BB Playbook and Motorola's Xoom.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Short sighted market approach...

    so many companies have seen how Apple re-designed what a tablet should be. Apple appears to have spent years in developing their product and did not release it until it was fully baked. Now many other companies are trying to cash in on this new market and obviously feel they need to get something...anything...out in the market place. As a result most tablets are half baked, buggy and ill concieved.

    Early Galaxy Tabs running an un-recommended OS, Xoom missing many of it's killer features, Playbook miising email, etc and now the HP tablet missing its core enterprise functionaility.

    All these companies are demonstrating is that they want to make money, not showing they actually want to produce something they are proud of. Meanwhile everyone is dumping on Apple because they have been successful. They produces something that is fully functional (in the way they want it to be) and are proud to have it on the market.

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