TechCrunch is reporting that HP has scrubbed its Windows 7 tablet because a) Windows 7 makes for a horrible tablet OS and b) they’re said to be abandoning Intel-based hardware altogether.
It should come as no surprise, really. Now that HP has picked up Palm, it makes perfect sense to switch gears and focus on webOS. I’ve heard from multiple sources that Palm has been working on a webOS tablet and that it’s been on the product roadmap for some time. With HP’s vast resources, a webOS tablet will probably launch sooner rather than later. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this project put on the fast track.
This does not mean HP will be abandoning the Windows platform altogether. Put your snide fanboy comments away for now. Let’s wait until HP makes this official and, for now, sprinkle some salt on your Cheerios.