HP: Our PC Business Will Stay on Top

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HP logoHP is planning on spinning off its personal computer business, and Todd Bradley, HP’s Personal Systems Group leader, thinks the company’s computers will continue to be best sellers around the world.

HP’s Personal Systems Group, the division that’s responsible for personal computers, will give shareholders the “best value,” Mr. Bradley told Reuters. Running the division as an independent company instead of selling it off to a competitor makes more sense for investors, he thinks.

Offering up a different kind of optimism than his superiors, Mr. Bradley thinks spinning off HP’s PC business could revive the company’s TouchPad tablet, too. HP killed the TouchPad less than 50 days after it came to market and dropped the tablet’s US$499 price point down to $99 to clear out the inventory.

By letting the PSG division run as its own company, Mr. Bradley reckons, it could bring back the TouchPad to compete with Apple’s iPad for at least a little longer than it did the first time around.

HP hasn’t officially decided what will happen with its PSG division. The company’s board of directors is scheduled to meet in December to determine the division’s fate.

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mrmwebmax

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By letting the PSG division run as its own company, Mr. Bradley reckons, it could bring back the TouchPad to compete with Apple?s iPad for at least a little longer than it did the first time around.

So they can lose more money than they did the first time around??? As an HP shareholder, I’d be just loving this brilliant business strategy to deliver “best value” to shareholders….

mhikl

Bring back the TP? Maybe HP is impressed with the sales and the waywardly analyses of the fast sales of its pad. So impressed is he with some fairy dust clouding his eyes, Mr Bradley has mounted a new white steed with a horn on its forehead.

Now I am sure the logic in all this is there, somewhere.

The dreams of profit, bountiful. The actuality? Not so much.

mhikl

As an HP shareholder, I?d be just loving this brilliant business strategy to deliver ?best value? to shareholders?.

Now, about those shareholders. Would they be the little old ladies in comas?

Lee Dronick

Bring back the TP?

Yes because TP is good for wiping up a mess. smile

Seriously, they need to have a positive attitude in order to even compete. Also the reality is that for a long time to come there will be a need for replacement PCs running some sort of Windows or Linux.

RonMacGuy

Here’s the issue with bringing the TP back:  Killing it less than 50 days out has alienated anyone who either bought one or was considering buying one.  So, a year from now they come out with TouchPad 2 - New and Improved.  Who in their right mind would even consider buying one knowing HP’s track record, especially when Amazon and others will be releasing their own?

IMHO, they may as well leave it dead!!

mhikl

Here?s the issue with bringing the TP back:? Killing it less than 50 days out has alienated anyone who either bought one or was considering buying one.?

So, so true, Ron. And HP has just reinforced the alienation. Who is going to buy a first iteration of anything with this history seeming like an old historical pattern and the way of pads other than Apple’s supported version.

Should Amazon bring out an iPad contender, it had better be good and Amazon should be willing to support it into a second iteration or at least a second year to show its determination. That could still be costly.

If Amazon were to follow the trail soured by its (scatological word) predecessors, it will then be an iPad Apple basket following the history of the iPod family.

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