HP and Businesses
In the business world there are two main suppliers of IT hardware: HP and Dell. While Dell has a range of Android tablets and is rumored to be working on its own ARM-powered tablet for Windows 8 in 2012, HP is already ahead of the game in this sector with the release of the Touchpad, the webOS-powered tablet that is natively optimized for business use.
Both companies provide servers, desktops and laptops to businesses, government agencies and non-profits around the world, with HP selling a mammoth 60 million PCs every year. It is this business and enterprise market that HP aims to target with webOS.
Consumers shouldn’t underestimate the strength of the enterprise market. Apple has been making strong overtures to major corporations and government departments about using the iPad as a portable option, but with little in the way of integration with existing Windows systems this is often seen as a waste of resources, especially in the current economic climate.
HP is already planning on introducing webOS to their Windows computers, too, providing a similar interface as the iOS-styled Mac OS X Lion. Combine this with the fact that their Touchpad tablets are optimized for email and Internet and enjoy full native support across HP servers and PCs and you suddenly have a once-dead operating system that isn’t just waiting for the next bolt of lightning, it’s sat up in bed reading Mary Shelley and waiting for the next multitasking opportunity.