CEO Meg Whitman abandoned the proposal made by HP’s former CEO Leo Apotheker after the company conducted a strategic review, saying that separating PSG as a standalone company would outweigh any benefits, “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”
With revenues topping $40 billion for fiscal year 2010, the number one manufacturer of personal computers hopes the move will “drive profitable growth… and accelerate solutions from other parts of HP’s business.”
As part of HP, PSG will continue to give customers and partners the advantages of product innovation and global scale across the industry’s broadest portfolio of PCs, workstations and more, said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. We intend to make the leading PC business in the world even better.
In addition, Whitman said during an analyst call following the decision that HP will continue its focus on Microsoft-based tablet and Windows 8. However, the company is still coy on webOS, saying that a long-term decision will be made in the next couple months. Could the OS perhaps wind up on a future Sony Ericsson device? “Never say never,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman of sony Ericsson.
It’s a lot to digest, and uncertainty still remains. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for HP.
Do you want to see webOS kept alive? What are your thoughts on HP’s moves?