Speaking at the Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai, HP CEO Meg Whitman confirmed that HP would be re-entering the consumer tablet market with a Windows 8 tablet, news which would seem to reiterate previous comments from Whitman that HP would be returning to the growing tablet market, albeit with a Windows 8 model.
However, the more interesting view arguably came from Todd Bradley, HP’s EVP for printing and personal systems. Bradley hinted at some kind of cloud-based technology for HP’s Windows 8 tablets, and said that this technology would enable users to share and store content across a plethora of devices.
HP’s decision to try again with tablets is not entirely surprising, nor is its decision to go with the business-friendly Windows 8 as opposed to the brilliant but flawed webOS, which it acquired from Palm in February of last year. WebOS turned up on HP’s Palm Pre smartphone and TouchPad tablet, both of which have subsequently fallen by the wayside, while HP later decided to make webOS open source.
The first Windows 8 tablets are expected to start appearing towards the end of 2012, with CNET today claiming that the first Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets will hit the retail stores in November.