HP cuts 270 employees from webOS division

According to The Verge, HP's axe falls on the troubled division for cost-cutting reasons, and calls into question the computing giant's commitment to the platform.

Hewlett-Packard cut 270 employees from its troubled webOS division today, a move aimed at cutting costs, but which calls into question the company's recent statements that it is committed to the platform.

According to The Verge, HP slashed the positions because "it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before."

The company's decision comes not long after it said it would open source the webOS platform and after the recent departure of former WebOS chief Jon Rubinstein .

The Verge published a statement from HP about the layoffs this afternoon in which the company said that, "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."

In the statement, HP also said that it hopes to "redeploy employees affected by these changes to other roles at the company."

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