HP TouchPad to launch without any office software on board?

HP TouchPad to launch without any office software on board?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.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 21, 2011 at 13:07

Well, well...
No email client on the RIMmer tab and no docs editing on HP's super plus-good ueber tab...
Pre 2 and Pre 3 have no docs editing either, and pathetic pdf support... De-converging in 2011...yay.

martinwallis  Jun. 21, 2011 at 19:11

Xoom, PlayBook, TouchPad all released before they are finished, how do these companies think they can charge obscene amounts of cash for what is essentially beta products.

jobsqeu  Jun. 21, 2011 at 21:25


I wouldn't consider the Touchpad unfinished. Unless of course, you think that anything that needs a software update is an unfinished product. As I remember, the iPad didn't come with Office editing enabled either when it debuted.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 22, 2011 at 16:21

Good-ish point re missing editing feature on other tabs; however, the webOS problem is there IS NO 3rd party alternative! Same with PDF: the native client is poor poor poor. And there is no other PDF reader available.

martinwallis  Jun. 22, 2011 at 23:53


You're right, however it was never advertised as being released with one thought was it, and the endless list of 3rd party alternatives kind of made up for it.


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