Hewlett-Packard comes back to the tablet game with Windows 8. The American PC maker, which tasted the bitterness of tablet market with its WebOS-based TouchPad, is again set to seek its tablet fortune with the Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8. The company CEO Meg Whitman exposed the plan at the Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai, China. Well, it is indeed a welcome move from HP, which has been a long partner of Microsoft in PC market.
HP launched its iPad-esque TouchPad tablet PC with its own operating system platform webOS. At the flush, the device received huge attention across global markets. Hot sales of TouchPad made HP as the world’s second tablet vendor behind Apple at a point of time. But the next part of the story was a tragedy for HP. Sales of TouchPad declined and eventually the company ceased its production. Later HP decided to open source webOS.
As of now, the tech world is berserk of the news that HP is to enter into the Windows 8 tablet flurry. Indeed, being a long time PC developer partner of Microsoft, HP can really show the real tactics to sell tablets PC running Windows 8, which is expected to come out of cover sometime late this year.
Needless to mention, HP will be a stiff challenge for other Windows 8 tablet developers including Nokia, Samsung, HTC and others. HP has a deep-rooted presence in production of high quality PCs. It is certainly one of the most popular PC makers in the world. If HP can take advantage of its PC supremacy on Windows, there should be an intense clash among various developers of Windows 8-based tablets.