Meg Meg Whitman killed webOS today. While wrapping up the death blow in an open source shroud, the fact is that by not announcing any plans for new hardware (except maybe 2013) the OS is effectively dead.
Of course we do not cover webOS, so the question arises how this affects Windows Phone. The answer is not profoundly, but it does have a definite effect. It removes the distraction of the 4th or 5th player, and with Blackberry increasingly being counted out, means carriers will almost automatically turn to Windows Phone 7 as their bulwark to iPhone and Android.
It also removes the other OS from the market which could contend for the most stylish OS throne, and provides a home for developers who prefer not to take part in the iPhone and Android scramble.
In short it is a case of one down, 4 left standing.
Read more about its demise at PreCentral here.