The 10 Biggest HP Stories Of 2012

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10. HP's WebOS Unit Fades From Prominence

Whitman entered the year talking about webOS and how making it an open-source project would help it continue to develop. But after losing much of its talent, including former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, and being spun off as a separate company called Gram, the webOS unit is scarcely a blip on the HP radar.

HP did release Open webOS 1.0 in September, positioning it as a fully functional version of webOS that works with smartphones, tablets and PCs. But Whitman gave it nary a mention when she surprised Wall Street analysts by saying HP plans to eventually get back into the smartphone business. Meanwhile, HP has for the time being tied its tablet destiny to Windows 8.


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