Hewlett-Packard to Decide webOS Fate by Mid-December

Paul Lilly

Hewlett-Packard's new woman in charge, Meg Whitman, told a French newspaper that it's no easy task deciding what to do with HP's webOS division, but that a decision would be made one way or the other within the next two weeks. Part of what makes the decision so difficult is that there's a team of 600 people working with webOS at HP.

AllThingsD dug up the interview, which has been translated in full via Google Translate here . Whitman touched on a number of topics, including what prompted HP to reverse course and keep its PC business. According to Whitman, it would have cost HP $1 billion to sever its PC arm. On top of that, "the impact on our revenues would have been too high." And finally, Whitman said "the HP brand is indisputably linked to our PC."

Back to the topic of webOS and tablets, Whitman promises to a return to the tablet market with a Windows 8 slate in 2012. She also said that tablets are not yet comparable to PCs primarily because tablets are "mainly used to consume media and emails," and are poor substitutes for productivity chores.

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