HP to find its 'soul' in webOS-based PCs

HP's latest chief executive, Léo Apotheker, claims the company has lost its soul - but hopes to bring things back on course with a webOS-heavy focus for the coming years.

After buying Palm and getting to grips with the company's webOS mobile platform, HP has struggled to leverage its acquisition effectively - something Apotheker claims will change in the very near future.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Apotheker confirmed that HP will be looking to ensure that all its desktop and laptop systems shipped from next year onward have the ability to run webOS alongside Windows, as a secondary operating system.

The move might seem an odd one, but there's method in Apotheker's apparent madness: by tying its entire range of smartphone, tablet, desktop, and laptop PC together under a single platform, it creates a broad spectrum of devices that developers can address quickly and easily.

"HP has lost its soul," claimed Apotheker in the interview, while promising that a clearer direction out of the troubles the company has found itself in will be presented at an event next week.

As well as a focus on webOS, the ex-SAP head confirmed that he would be overseeing a shake-up of HP's software offerings to address what he sees as a 'gap' between what his company offers and what its customers actually need and want. There are hints that this may involve another acquisition, with names including BMC, Symantec, and CommVault rumoured to be under consideration.

With HP launching its Pre³ and Veer webOS-based smartphones and Apotheker looking to clean up its act, the dark days of the Hurd scandal could finally be in the past - news which will come as a major relief to the company's shareholders.

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