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HP Will Not Make A Windows Phone 7 Smartphone

IT giant Hewlett-Packard has said it will not be making smartphones based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 7 operating system, tech news site PC Mag has reported.

Todd Bradley, executive vice president at HP, announced that the company will not develop smartphones using the Windows Mobile 7 OS.

In a interview with tech blog Electronista, he said: "Our intent is to focus those resources and really make webOS the best OS it can be."

With the resurrection of its Slate tablet device, which was originally intended to use the Windows Phone 7 OS, HP appears to be developing a two-tier smartphone strategy, offering devices to business customers based on Windows 7, while providing consumers with devices based on the Palm WebOS operating system, which HP acquired in a deal last month.

HP’s chief technical officer Shane Robison said: "We're very, very serious partners with Microsoft. We hope to continue to be their biggest customer. And in this particular space, which is a small segment for us, we've got to work with them to figure out exactly what the roadmap looks like."

HP acquired Palm in a deal worth $1.2 billion, giving the company access to Palm's software and hardware technology, including webOS, which is being developed by the company to create a unified mobile environment.