In a just-released e-mail, Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that its big splash into (and bigger withdrawal from) the tablet space with webOS is now officially gone forever. This announcement of the TouchPad’s death comes a day after new CEO Meg Whitman announced that their computer group isn’t going to be spun off and the fate of the webOS group, which the company bought a year ago for $1.2 billion, is yet to be determined (hint: they’re going to get laid off). While I never managed to snag one of the TouchPads – mostly because I was lazy and other people are stupid – I still pine for a future for the OS, which I love so dearly. Maybe Amazon will do something with those guys for future tablets, as was previously rumored? Full e-mail from HP after the break!
Dear Valued Customer,
Making sure customers have a positive experience when they purchase our products is a priority for us. In some cases, limited inventory makes it challenging to fulfill all customer orders. As you signed up for updates on the HP TouchPad, we wanted you to know that we are officially out of stock. Some retailers will have some stock available, but our online inventory is depleted.
Thank you for your interest in this product and the feedback you provided. Your input plays a critical role in defining our product roadmap and will help us continue to bring innovative products to market.