HP has changed its mind, they’re still going forward with the PC business
Andy Ruffell / 5 years ago
Hewlett Packard, better known as HP, can now be introduced as the computer manufacturer once more, as they recently announced a change of mind, or better, a step back on their announcement.
Between the CEO changes, from Lep Apotheker to Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO, HP’s plans and future have been going “forward and backward” for some time, leaving us wondering what is really going to happen, on which Whitman cleared the current plans by saying:
“HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG [Personal Systems Group]. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees. HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”
Moreover, they’ve announced they’ll be back with products such as tablets, more precisely Windows 8 tablets, as well as the new trend with the ultrabooks.
“I think we need to be in the tablet business and we’re certainly going to be there with Windows 8,” said Whitman. “We’re going to make another run at this business.”
While HP is still working on supporting the webOS, providing updates to the current models equipped with the OS, the future of the software division itself is still uncertain.
Around the same time of HP’s former CEO’s announcement of discontinuing the PC manufacturing, the HP TouchPad dropped price lighting fast, with prices of $99 for a $500 tablet, the stock easily flew out the window, although there are some good news and bad news.
The good news is that, even though HP has announced they won’t be selling, neither will they manufacture the TouchPad, Best Buy has announced they will sell what’s left of their TouchPad 32GB versions for $149.99 starting November 1 online, and November 4 in-store.
Bad news is that in order to have access to such a deal, you have to buy a computer by either HP or Compaq, whether it be a Laptop, Desktop or All-in-One. That may slow the sales compared to the previous offers of the tablet.