From the world's leading PC maker to the tech industry's biggest waffler, HP made and then unmade some key decisions in 2011, leaving even its most ardent supporters scratching their heads. First, the company launched the HP TouchPad, the first tablet to feature webOS, an operating system originally developed by Palm before HP bought that company in 2010. After some negative reviews and 56 unsuccessful days, the company decided to kill both the TouchPad and all hardware based on webOS. Then, CEO Leo Apotheker announced the company was thinking of selling or otherwise "spinning off" its industry-leading PC division so it could focus more on services.
Unfortunately for Apotheker, HP's stock dropped like a rock and he was replaced by former eBay CEO and California Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman within a few weeks of his pronouncements on webOS and the PC division. A few weeks after taking office, Whitman announced that the company would be keeping its PC division and making Windows 8 tablets. Then, in December, the company announced that it would continue webOS as an open source project and even release new webOS devices in 2013. We're still scratching our heads.