HP's acquisition of Palm was announced just a couple of months ago, and now the deal is complete. After the deal was quickly moved through all of the lawyers and red tape, Palm has made the official announcement on its Palm blog. When it comes to the future of the two companies, Palm is, of course, very optimistic:
It’s our first day together, but it’s already abundantly clear to everyone who’s been involved in bringing the two companies together that great things are in store. The combination of Palm’s trailblazing webOS and HP’s strength as the leading provider of everything from PCs, laptops, and printers to home electronics and enterprise systems promises an amazing roadmap of new tools for your mobile and web-connected future.
We’ve got a few ideas about what that future will look like, and we’ll share details as soon as we can.
When you browse the HP website, it's made clear that the deal is actually finalized. There are Palm smartphones in the "Small & Medium Business Center" available for purchase. There are also Pres and Pixis from various carriers in HP's Wireless Central store, seen here. Finally, at the bottom of any page where a Palm device is featured, there is the following line:
Palm, Pixi, Pre and webOS are trademarks of Palm, Inc., a subsidiary of Hewlett Packard Company.
This means that, at least in the near future, Palm is going to stay Palm. Now that the whole deal is complete, hopefully Palm can focus on releasing well-designed, webOS-toting hardware with the backing of HP. And who knows? Maybe soon we'll begin to see webOS start to pop up on other devices, like a tablet. After all, I think we can all agree that we want to see the OS on more than just "web-connected printers."