HP: No Windows Phone 7 handsets

HP bumps off WinMo to focus on Palm's WebOS

HP dumps WinMo for newly acquired Palm WebOS.

Hewlett-Packard have announced that their future smartphones will not run Windows Phone 7, but will instead run Palm's WebOS software - recently purchased along with the rest of Palm by HP for a cool $1.2 billion.

Windows Phone 7, which launches later this year, is rumoured to be appearing on the future handsets of many big name producers, including Samsung, LG and HTC, but the lack of support from HP (formerly Microsoft's biggest customer) must come as a blow to WinMo, which still lags behind Apple's iOS, RIM's BlackBerry OS, Nokia's Symbian and Google's Android as a smartphone operating system.

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However, HP have confirmed that it will be using Windows 7 proper on an upcoming tablet PC, although whether that will turn out to be the fabled PalmPad (for which HP got a copyright agreement recently) or the HP Slate that we saw at this year's CES is still unclear.

Via: Cnet