HP’s Whitman needs a few more weeks to decide webOS fate

webosHewlett-Packard’s plans for webOS — the platform that was the motivation behind its $1.2 billion purchase of Palm last April — are a bit more complicated than simply shutting down the division, as reports last month suggested (CP: Samsung tablet footing more tenuous than record smartphone sales).

“It’s really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision,” new CEO Meg Whitman told Palm and HP employees in an all-hands-on-deck meeting yesterday evening, according to The Verge.

According to the report, Whitman added that she knew her lack of a definitive announcement was “unsatisfying,” but she wasn’t yet sure what to do, and additionally has the matter of HP’s Autonomy acquisition and the details of its PC business (HP’s keeping it) on her plate.

If HP decides to keep webOS, “We’re going to do it in a very significant way over a multi-year period,” she reportedly said, adding that it wouldn’t be cheap but that HP has deep pockets.

Whitman seems right to want to take her time — though not too much time. Following one of the biggest debacles of late, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings blamed the bad decisions that started the ball rolling on the pacing of some decision-making.

“Companies rarely die from moving too fast, and they frequently die from moving too slowly,” he wrote in a Sept. 18 blog post, apologizing for the way Netflix went about announcing a price change and the split of its DVD business into a separate brand called Qwikster.

Again on Oct. 10, announcing the cancelation of its Qwickster plans (CP: Netflix, trying to keep it together, says nevermind about Qwikster), Hastings pointed to the company’s timetable, wriring, “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”

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