Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…

The Bangkok Post reports that HP is getting back in the tablet game:

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced it will resume production of consumer tablets but says it will run them on Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system.

The world’s largest technology firm suspended its touchPad WebOS tablet production line last year on poor sales.

Restarting production is a strategic move aimed at capitalising on the extraordinary growth in tablet sales, chief executive Meg Whitman said yesterday at the Global Influencer Summit 2012.

Anyone who’d buy a tablet from HP after how they handled the touchPad launch deserves to be screwed once more. If Windows 8 on tablets is a failure – and Microsoft can’t give any assurances it won’t be – HP will likely abandon users again.

In tablets, HP has a track record, and it’s a bad one. The Slate Windows tablet from 2010 and the touchPad last year being the proof. Let’s see HP provide support and software updates for a few years before giving them more money.

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