The former Apple executive who oversaw the creation of the iPod, Jon Rubinstein was tapped to breathe new life into HP, but has now become a symbol for all the dramatic and bumpy transformations HP has undergone over the past few years.
For the TouchPad, HP avoided using Android at all costs. Well, actually, at a very specific cost: HP spent $1.2 billion to acquire Palm, which developed the TouchPad's slick software, WebOS. But Windows 8 is likely a different story.
With the TouchPad, the culmination thus far of HP's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, the world's largest technology company by revenue hopes it can finally offer a formidable competitor to Apple, the world's largest technology company by market cap, in the race for tablet dominance.