Hewlett Packard, the world's largest PC maker, plans to include webOS compatibility on all of its computers from next year.
HP CEO Leo Apotheker said in an interview with Business Week that HP computers will ship with the ability to run webOS alongside Microsoft's Windows platform from 2012.
HP acquired webOS from its acquisition of mobile phone maker Palm last year. The company, apart from launching revamped Palm smartphones, was planning to bring webOS to the desktop, it has been revealed.
According to Apotheker, HP plans to create a massive software ecosystem for developers to create applications, which would be aimed at PCs and printers, along with tablets and smartphone devices. HP has plans to introduce smartphones and tablets based on the revamped webOS under the HP-Palm banner.
The chief executive also plans to expand the company's presence in the software market, taking on competitors like Oracle and IBM. Apotheker wants to increase investments in a bid to improve product quality and fuel development in home-grown technology.
“HP has lost its soul. The first thing I wanted to do when I joined HP was listen to the people. The rank and file usually know about all the shortcomings,” he said, speaking of the impetus behind his vision for HP.