HP looks likely to offer its own Windows 8 based tablet, despite using WebOS on its new TouchPad hardware.
HP’s Phil McKinney, president and CTO of HP’s personal systems group, revealed that the company is working closely with Microsoft in a recent interview with Fast Company. “I’m limited to what I can talk about with Windows 8,” McKinney says. “We’re working very closely with [Microsoft], and I’m going to leave it at that or I’m going to start getting myself into trouble.”
Fast Company’s interviewer pushed for more information on a specific Windows 8 tablet and was McKinney mentioned the existing HP Slate 500 device shipping with Windows 7. Richard Kerris, VP of worldwide developer relations for WebOS, also confirmed that anything is possible at HP. “Because of our relationship with Microsoft, anything is possible,” Kerris says. “If we have a huge customer base that says we need a Windows 8 tablet, by all means, we’d listen.”
Both executives downplayed the use of Android in HP products. “We don’t do Android,” said McKinney when questioned over any plans to ship tablets using Google’s Android operating system. Microsoft is currently planning a unique touch based user interface for Windows 8. The new Start Screen, revealed earlier this month, will feature Windows Phone-like tiles and