For the last week or so there had been some doubt whether or not the maker of jolly expensive printer ink HP would make a phone using Microsoft's Mobile 7 OS.
Although HP had no need to sign up for Steve Ballmer's mobile dream once it had bought Palm's webOS, there was talk that HP might still use Windows 7 in the short term. There were dark mutterings that the WebOS would not be ready for HP's needs straight away.
Now the official word is that Windows 7 on HP smartphones is deader than Rameses III, may he rise for ever in Amenti, and less likely to be seen on the street than Osama bin Laden wearing a " Jesus is my Lord" teeshirt.
HP executive vice president Todd Bradley has confirmed that the webOS mobile operating system, is where it is at and it is not interested in developing stuff with Windows 7 Mobile inside it. Well apparently it is thinking about a two-platform strategy for its Slate tablets with enterprise customers get the Windows versions, and the general consumer market gets webOS.
But Bradley said that Microsoft is out for HP's smartphones.
However, Microsoft will not be too upset. After all Asus, Dell, and Samsung have all signed on as Windows Phone 7 partners. It will still be involved in the HP slate, which does look good too.