Rumours are growing that the HP TouchPad, the webOS tablet set to go on sale in the next few weeks, will launch without any office software on board.
HP has been working hard to get QuickOffice to play nice with the tablet in time for its launch next month, but it looks like it's losing the battle and early adopters may have to without for the time being.
The TouchPad was announced back in February, and with the highly rated webOS 3.0 operating system on board, looks set to join the BlackBerry PlayBook in providing a welcome alternative to the iPad or any of the myriad Android tablets lurking about.
But like the PlayBook, the TouchPad looks set to arrive on the market essentially unfinished, according to an anonymous tipster who's been in touch with PreCentral.
The site is quoting what it says is a footnote from an HP presentation intended for corporate partners, which quietly slips in the bad news many observers had been fearing:
“The initial version of QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite will support viewing of Microsoft Office Word and Excel documents,” the document reads.
“QuickOffice is expected to make PowerPoint viewing capabilities available at launch via a downloadable update in the App Catalog, and to add PowerPoint editing capabilities via a downloadable update in Q3 2011.”
The TouchPad features a powerful 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and a 9.7in screen, and has been priced starting at £399 for the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi model.