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WebOS Will Be Used On Printers And PCs, HP Says

Hewlett-Packard, which recently announced the demise of webOS based tablets and smartphones, has claimed that the operating system will be used in PCs and printers.

The company had shocked the industry when it announced that it will no longer make tablets and smartphones based on webOS, the operating system which it had obtained in the $1.2 billion acquisition of smartphone maker Palm.

The move left a lot of webOS developers shaken, with many deciding to jump ship to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform, with the software giant offering them free phones and tools.

However, in a blog post addressed to webOS developers, HP claimed that it had opened new doors for the software.

The company confirmed that it won’t make devices running webOS but added that it will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog.

“We have opened the next chapter for webOS, and we understand that you must have many questions. Yesterday we announced that we will focus on the future of webOS as a software platform but we will no longer be producing webOS devices,” the blog post read.

Meanwhile, HP's webOS boss Stephen DeWitt said in a recent interview that the company is going ahead with its plans to make webOS available on PCs running Windows operating system and also plans to use the operating system for printers.