Microsoft’s biggest customer, HP has announced that they will not be using Windows Phone 7 or Android in their smartphones. While bypassing Android is no surprise given HP’s purchase of Palm, the Windows 7 snubbing will be sure to raise some eyebrows. HP Executive VP Todd Bradley reported during an interview on CNBC. That while they will not be using Microsoft’s operating system in their smart phones, they will be using both Windows 7 and WebOS (from the purchase of Palm) in future tablets. I’m not quite sure how long that arrangement is going to last considering how badly HP wants WebOS to compete in the smartphone and tablet arena, but it’s going to happen at least temporarily.
With HP’s deep, deep pockets, look for them to invest a considerable amount of capital into trying to make the smartphone market a three horse race with Apple and Google and themselves as the major players. While Microsoft has confirmed that some large hardware makers such as LG and Samsung will be producing phones with their operating system on it, they haven’t seemed to generate much excitement in their software.
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