HP may have discontinued the HP TouchPad and started selling off remaining inventory for as little as $99, but the company and its partners are still supporting the webOS operating system… for now. Over the past few days HP has offered two software packs allowing some users to download paid webOS apps for the TouchPad for free. Now the company has announced that a major update for the Quickoffice app for the TouchPad is now available.
Previously you could use the HP tablet to view Microsoft Office documents. Now you can edit Word and Excel documents as well. The app supports formatting options including font sizes and colors as well as italicized, boldened, and underlined text.
Quickoffice isn’t developer by HP, and in fact the company that makes the software also offers Quickoffice for Android, iOS, and Symbian. But the fact that HP and Quickoffice have announced this major update for the Touchpad may be a sign that the companies really do plan to continue supporting webOS — at least until HP can find a company such as Samsung to license the software for use on other phones or tablets and justify HP’s more than $1.2 billion investment.
Or I suppose it could just be a sign that Quickoffice was already close to finishing a major software update by the time HP canceled the Touchpad, and since there are at least a few hundred thousand new Touchpad users, Quickoffice went ahead and released the new software anyway.
Interestingly, QuickOffice also updated its app for Android tablets this week.