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Hewlett-Packard embraces its webOS operating system again

The Australian - HEWLETT-PACKARD is making its webOS mobile operating system available to the open source community and will again consider making tablets based on the platform.

HP will take another shot at making webOS tablets, most likely in 2013, Meg Whitman, the chief executive of the world's number one computer maker, said in an interview with technology blog TechCrunch.

HP said it would continue to work on and support webOS, but the software platform will become open source, meaning that developers anywhere can tinker with it as they wish and it will be available for anyone to use free of charge.

"WebOS is the only platform designed from the ground up to be mobile, cloud-connected and scalable," Whitman said in a statement.

"By contributing this innovation, HP unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices."