Every Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) personal computer next year will have the ability to run on the WebOS — the computer-operating system acquired last year when HP purchased smartphone maker Palm Inc. for $1.2 billion — as well as Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows, HP CEO Leo Apotheker said, according to Businessweek.
HP’s chief is trying to incentivize developers to create a wider range of apps for his company’s acquired platform that would differentiate HP PCs, printers, tablets and phones from those sold by rivals.
Programmers have built more than 350,000 apps for devices made by Apple Inc. (AAPL) and more than 250,000 for Google (GOOG) Inc.’s Android Market. WebOS has 6,000 apps, according to HP.
Currently, software comprises 2.2% of Hewlett-Packard’s sales portfolio ; 70% is generated from computers, storage, networking and printers and 27% from providing information-technology services.
HPQ fell 37 cents, or 0.87 percent, to $42.03 as of 11:50 a.m. in New York.