HP to drop Windows 7 from Slate tablet

Unconfirmed report claims HP will run Palm's WebOS instead

An unconfirmed report says that HP is ditching Windows 7 from its high-profile but unreleased Slate tablet computer.

According to an unnamed inside source quoted by the TechCrunch website, HP has not been happy with the performance of Windows 7 running on the Slate. Not perhaps surprising given its desktop orientation, the OS is too power-hungry and, although not mentioned in the story, each use of the OS incurs licence fees that raise the cost of any final product.

The site claims that HP could also be about to abandon Intel hardware. If both the OS and microprocessor go, the obvious conclusion is that HP is looking to use WebOS, a dedicated Smartphone platform it acquired as part of this week's surprise deal to buy Palm.

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