HP no longer requires a huge team involved in its Web OS project.
HP has started to cut down its employee count from an open-source project. In recent news, it has been disclosed that around 275 engineers who were contributing for HP’s Web OS were asked to leave. It is not the first time that HP has taken this decision. In the past, HP took a similar kind of decision and that too for an open-source software project. Since HP has given away its Web OS code to the open-source community, it is not feasible to inject capital when the entire project is developed at no cost. That is why, the company does not want to keep extremely skilled employees for such a project.
In a statement, HP said “As webOS continues the transition from making mobile devices to open source software, it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before. This creates a smaller and more nimble team that is well-equipped to deliver an open source webOS and sustain HP’s commitment to the software over the long term. HP is working to redeploy employees affected by these changes to other roles at the company.” Certainly, it will take time for HP to create further jobs for these employees but in any case they will get the right area to show their skills.