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HP transformation: frequently asked questions about Autonomy and webOS

Yesterday, we announced a plan to transform HP for the future and position the company as the leader in the evolving information economy.  We issued four different press releases during the announcement, so head over to the HP Newsroom for the original sources (or just read our summary blog post).


We’ve also pulled together answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about what we’re doing and why.  We’ll continue updating you here and on Twitter as new information becomes available, so stay tuned to Data Central for more.  As always, we encourage your comments as well.


Finally, for more insight into the future of technology, check out two articles published today: Internet pioneer (and HP board member) Marc Andreessen’s essay “Why Software Is Eating the World” in the Wall Street Journal and webOS chief Stephen DeWitt’s interview in Engadget.


What can you tell me about Autonomy?

Autonomy presents an opportunity to accelerate our strategic vision and help customers manage the explosion of information.


After closing the transaction with Autonomy, HP plans to reinvent how unstructured and structured data is processed, analyzed, optimized, automated and protected.


Autonomy also has an attractive business model, including a strong cloud-based solution.


We believe this bold action will squarely position HP in software and information to create the next-generation Information Platform, and thereby, create significant value for our shareholders.


The acquisition of Autonomy is expected to be completed by the end of calendar year 2011.


From a customer perspective, what is the status of webOS?

We’ll continue to take care of our existing customers, but HP has reached the difficult but necessary decision to discontinue webOS hardware development.  For more on the future of webOS software, read today’s post on the HP webOS blog. 


From a developer perspective, what is the status of webOS?

As webOS VP Richard Kerris (@richardkerris) posted in a blog entry earlier today, “We will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog.  Our intent is to enhance our merchandising and presentation of your great products and to continue to build our webOS app ecosystem.”


To hear more from Richard, head over to the webOS Developer Relations blog.


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Dave Y(anon) | ‎08-20-2011 05:36 PM

I have never seen a corporation in my life ever drop the ball as bad as HP. This is the result of terrible management.

I forcasted a different ending for the touchpad that would have probably had better results. PACKAGE THEM IN FOR FREE WITH LAPTOPS! It's how apple got it's customer base with the free iPod deal, (they overwelmed the MP3 Player market that way).

Smith(anon) | ‎08-20-2011 05:38 PM

What about the breakthrough technology 'TouchStone', not much has been said about it or its future. Will it cease to exist or sold off to another hardware developer? It seems to me that it was the turning point & the future of charging devices.

LexiStorm(anon) | ‎08-20-2011 06:37 PM

Actually, this doesn't answer my question.. Why is the Small/Med. Business webpage and telephone line crashing?

Dushyanthan Devdoss(anon) | ‎08-20-2011 08:02 PM

Would the TouchPad receive any firmware updates ? Or will users be left with what they have ?

Peter Crawford(anon) | ‎08-20-2011 10:19 PM

What are the synergiesbetween Vertica and Autonomy?

roy whitney(anon) | ‎08-22-2011 11:14 PM

Thanks for nothing HP. Been tweeting and facebooking you guys (not only me) and we get no answers what so ever.

Charging customers 500 bucks for a tablet that you had on sale for 150 is that right? fail

Jose Deras(anon) | ‎08-23-2011 01:16 PM

I'm not sure I understand the rationale, however, I wanted to purchase one (or two) of the liquidated TouchPads but everyone, including HP.COM was sold out by mid Saturday!  It would have been great to offer these to HP Retirees.

Robert Murray(anon) | ‎08-23-2011 07:29 PM

I just wanted to let HP ,Palm Know that for a long time now i think you all have let cust down

on what was promiss.So  maybe all the let downs have come to a end!!!!

Ethan_Bauley | ‎08-23-2011 07:41 PM

Hi everyone - we've got answers to most of your questions (TouchPad inventory, PC business, development of webOS, etc) over on our PC blog, The Next Bench:


Will keep you posted as we get more info.  Please continue to send us your comments in the meantimne.


For more info on the HP TouchPad inventory, follow @BrynaAtHP on Twitter





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CRupley(anon) | ‎08-24-2011 02:43 PM

Myself and about 600 other customers are still waiting for HP to work out the refund/credit details with (owned by amazon). We all purchased the device on August 5th for $400 and have now seen several other retailers already provide the refund. Things at woot seem to be moving a little slow and we'd appreciate anything you guys can do to move the process along. 

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