Last week word leaked out that HP may have halted development of the HP Slate, the company’s upcoming Windows 7 tablet with a touchscreen interface and support for Adobe Flash — something that’s notably missing on the Apple iPad. The rumor came hot on the heels of HP’s announcement that it was acquiring Palm, which led to the rather obvious conclusion that HP could be changing tactics and focusing on a tablet running Palm’s WebOS mobile operating system instead of Windows 7.
But there’s no reason to think that HP couldn’t bring two different tablets to market, one running WebOS and another with Windows. This week the Mercury News reported that while HP could in fact be developing a WebOS tablet, it probably won’t be ready to hit the streets until later this year or possibly next year. In the meantime, there’s a good chance HP could bring the Windows 7 tablet to market, since it’s already pretty far along in development.
Sascha Pallenberg from Netbook News.de says his source at HP received an internal memo saying that development on the Windows tablet has stopped — for now. But rather than suggesting that the project was dead, the memo gist was that the company wanted to focus on improving the “user experience” before continuing.
Until someone from HP comes out and makes an official announcement, we won’t really know what’s going on. But it sounds like it might be a bit early to proclaim the Windows 7 version of the HP slate as dead.