For more than a year after the Palm acquisition, HP executives had a tough time reining in their exuberance over the potential uses for WebOS. In a July 2011 interview with CRN, DeWitt broke out the crystal ball and predicted that WebOS running on Windows PCs, home appliances, printers and a range of other devices would add up to a massive opportunity for developers.
"No one has ever had a playground of hundreds of millions of disparate devices to build applications on top. It's one thing to have a smartphone, but what about applications that run on all sorts of different things that create experiences that we haven't even envisioned yet?" DeWitt said. "What's most important for HP is to inspire the innovation we know is possible across the universe of devices that we can impact."