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HP to cut 275 jobs from WebOS division

February 29, 2012

Engineering jobs and other positions hit from plans to make the OS open-source.

Printer manufacturer HP has announced it will cut 275 jobs at its WebOS business as part of its initiative to transform the operating system (OS) into open-source software, reports Bloomberg.

HP discontinued its own TouchPad hardware that utilised WebOS in August 2011, and announced plans to make the OS open-source on 9 December 2011. The move is intended to produce interest in the OS against platforms from Apple, Google and Microsoft.

The company has previously conducted a round of WebOS-related job cuts, and former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein left the company earlier in the year.

Spokesperson Mylene Mangalindan commented: “As WebOS continues the transition from making mobile devices to open-source software, it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before. HP is working to redeploy employees affected by these changes to other roles at the company.”

HP continued to assert its attachment to WebOS for use with its printers as of November 2011, and announced plans to embed Autonomy’s search software in a line of PCs and printers.

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