No big surprise here, but HP Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley just flat-out confirmed to CNBC that HP will not be making any Windows Phone 7 devices and HP will not be selling any Windows Phone 7-based devices…..
HP has confirmed that it will not be making phones with Microsoft Windows Phone 7, but will instead develop handsets exclusively with webOS, the mobile OS it acquired when it bought Palm earlier this year.
In an interview with CNBC, HP’s Todd Bradley, the executive vice president of the company’s Personal Systems Group, stated in no uncertain terms that “we won’t do a Microsoft phone.” This confirms recent reports that HP won’t be making Windows Phone 7 devices.
It’s not a huge surprise that HP wants to push its own software over Microsoft’s after it spent $1.2 billion to get it. But, HP is Microsoft’s biggest customer, and it’s somewhat of a setback for Microsoft not to have the full backing of the largest tech company on the planet for the launch of its new mobile software later this year.
Here’s the quote in question from Bradley’s interview with CNBC’s Jon Fortt:
“As we continue to be Microsoft’s largest customer, and as we continue to believe that we will drive innovation with Microsoft, at the same time, I think it’s clear to say that we’re very focused on the customer and giving the customer the experience that’s important to them. We will not do a Linux/Androidphone. We won’t do a Microsoft phone.”
It’s rumored that Microsoft does have other big names in smartphones signed up: Dell, Asus, LG, HTC, and Samsung. But it’s clear that between Android and WebOS, Microsoft’s offering for mobile isn’t nearly as attractive to hardware makers as it once was.
HP still has plans to take advantage of its relationship with Microsoft in other ways. There’s been a lot of confusion about whether HP still plans to ship the HP Slate with Windows 7 that it introduced at CES. But Bradley told CNBC Friday that HP will build a tablet PC with Windows 7 after all.
While it’s somewhat dangerous for HP to put all of its eggs in one basket, it’s a move the company simply had to make. It put too much money into Palm and webOS not to focus all of its resources into making webOS a contender against the likes of Apple and Google.