With the end of April, one of the most anticipated project by HP has been end, reported by TechCrunch. It has been informed by TechCrunch that Hewlett-Packard allmost killed off its much ballyhooed Windows 7 tablet computer, says a source who’s been briefed on the matter.

The device was first unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 in January and was supposed to hit the market in mid 2010. But source from TechCrunch informed that HP is not satisfied with Windows 7 as a tablet operating system and has terminated the project (something CrunchGear mentioned months ago).

HP may also be abandoning Intel-based hardware for its slate lineup simply because it’s too power hungry. That would also rule out Windows 7 as an operating system.

So what will HP use as an operating system? Look for Google-powered devices, which have already been announced. And HP really does seem determined to make a go of the Palm WebOS. They said how important it was to them yesterday, and they will likely experiment with porting it to a slate-type device.

Will WebOS emerge as a successful operating system for tablet devices? That seems very unlikely given the dominance of the closed Apple OS and the likely success of the open Android and Chrome operating systems from Google. To get traction from third party developers with WebOS HP will need to sell a lot of units. And it’s not clear what they’d gain from all that effort, anyway. HP knows how to build and sell hardware, not operating systems.

Let us know your comments on actual story behind. Here’s the video promoting the HP Windows tablet from January:

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  • nishant misra

    its an awesome video….that was unpredictable….
    cheers to Hp…

  • Debranjan

    Its not really that difficult to figure out. HP acquired distressed smartphone pioneer Palm sometime back for $1.2 Billion. Palm has been on the downward trajectory for sometime, but they did have an excellent product called WebOS, which is a polished Mobile devices OS for Smartphones and Tablets. Google has android and Apple has the iPhone OS in the same space. HP is just doing the logical thing by leveraging on its investments and breaking free from the Microsoft stranglehold on the tablet platform.

    Here are some commentaries from my favorite tech site :

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/30/hp_palm/
    -and-
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/28/hp_on_palm_buy/

    Cheerio
    Debranjan