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HP Fires Almost 270 Employees from its WebOS Division

The Verge reports that Hewlett-Packard, commonly known as HP has officially dismissed about 270 people from its WebOS division. It seems that some of the employees which are laid off from the division being given alternate jobs at the company. The news is by no means a surprise considering the stumbling future of WebOS.

In an official statement, HP said, “no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before.” It has been reported earlier that HP announced that it will soon cease its operations for WebOS devices – including the newly launched TouchPad and any other future WebOS phones.

The earlier announcement of August from HP caused a great chaos related to the future of WebOS. However, HP made another announcement later in December that it will keep the ownership of WebOS – though open source much of it, particularly killing it as a platform.

Open source was certainly an impressive idea, as the Matthew Panzarino of TNW stated, “open source is great, and it means that coders will have a very good base to start working with, but it does mean that its future as a viable commercial platform is effectively over.” HP stated that it won’t have any plans for more WebOS devices until the company sees any progress in the OS. However, there are few reports claiming that tablets may remain in works for 2013.

Here is an excerpt from HP’s original statement:

As webOS continues the transition from making mobile devices to open source software, it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before. This creates a smaller and more nimble team that is well-equipped to deliver an open source webOS and sustain HP’s commitment to the software over the long term.

HP is working to redeploy employees affected by these changes to other roles at the company.

We are still uncertain about the prospect of the operating system in future. HP’s statement also not gives us any clear hint of what we can expect about it in future. One thing is certain that the company is gradually cutting back its commitment to the unfortunate platform.

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