The weeks since HP’s landmark restructuring announcement have been incredibly tumultuous for the webOS community. It announced it plans to shutter its webOS hardware business back in August is sacking hundreds of employees as a result. HP will lay off as many as 525 employees and that it began carrying out that dreadful duty this week.
HP confirmed that layoffs were underway. HP is reported that layoffs may total as high as 525 employees when all is said and done. While we know there had been a great deal of restructuring including efforts to bolster the webOS team in the months following the acquisition, one has to wonder what percentage of the total webOS workforce this represents.
“As communicated on August 18, HP will discontinue the development of webOs devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends Oct 31 2011,” an HP spokesperson told AllThingsD. “As part of this decision, the webOS GBU is undergoing a reduction in workforce. Today’s actions are part of this initiative. During this time, we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected. HP is exploring ways to leverage webOS software.”