HP hadn't been keeping itself together very well for a very long time, but it's starting to get back on track. webOS was made an open-source platform in the beginning of December, and while HP hasn't acted very interested in using it, it also looks like HP isn't ready to give up on the operating system just yet: the company has appointed a new webOS and Cloud "manager."
Bill Veghte is the man who was picked. It makes sense, too, since he's already HP's Executive Vice President of Software. In addition to his vice presidency, Veghte will be responsible for handling the open-sourcing of webOS, as well as keeping HP on the cutting edge of innovation.
Meg Whitman, HP's CEO, had this to say about Veghte:
“Every 10 to 15 years, fundamental shifts occur in the IT industry that redefine how technology is delivered. From mainframes to client/server to the internet, companies that identified the opportunity first and developed the right strategy came out on top. As we move forward, HP intends to stay on top, and I believe Bill has the knowledge and vision to keep us there.”
By the way, this guy led Microsoft's Windows 7 campaign and, judging by Windows 7's title of being the best-selling desktop OS ever, I'd say there are some good things coming for webOS fans.