Some have suggested HP will hang on to the platform, while others reckon it'll sell, and now new HP CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed that a final decision on the matter will be taken in the next two weeks.
Speaking to French newspaper Le Figaro (and translated by the multi-talented Mr Google Translate), Whitman is quoted as saying:
“We should announce our decision in the next two weeks. This is not an easy decision, because we have a team of 600 people which is in limbo. We need to have another operating system.”
That last comment seems to have fallen victim to the annoying loss of context that comes so often with direct translations, but we'd guess it to mean that if the decision is taken to axe webOS, that team of 600 people has to be given something to work on (or at least something other than clearing out their desks and heading for the nearest exit sign).
As with so much about HP right now, not a whole lot seems certain, although Whitman's comments do at least confirm that all the speculation we've been reporting on over the past few months linking one big name tech firm after another with snapping up webOS is exactly that – speculation.
Still, failing to resolve the issue sooner and leaving such a massive decision to the month of December is pretty brave stuff, and surely leaves HP with an awful lot more to lose than it stands to gain out of the whole affair.