HP Is Ready To Throw In The Towel To Apple, Give Up On Making PCs [Report]

HP Is Ready To Throw In The Towel To Apple, Give Up On Making PCs [Report]

In a move similar to when IBM sold off its PC and laptop business sold it to Lenovo, HP is reportedly on the verge of spinning off its PC business in order to focus on cloud-based software and enterprise services.

That means the world’s largest computer maker may be about to exit the game entirely, and small wonder: Apple’s been beating them to a bloody pulp. Making Windows PCs is a low margin game, and Apple’s pretty much the only company in town that isn’t experiencing negative growth.

Seemingly to shore up its platform of service, HP is looking to buy European infrastructure software company Autonomy for as much as $10 billion.

HP has confirmed they are in talks to buy out Autonomu, and also say they are exploring “strategic alternatives” for its PC business, including a “full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.”

Boy, were Touchpad sales really that bad? Oh, right: yes they were.

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  • Matt

    The old IBM Thinkpads were great computers. Then they sold it to Lenovo. I had two, both of which didn’t last a year.  Thank you Apple for making great computers!!!

  • ella

    Good Riddance!!! The only thing good about HP is that their crappy, 8-month old dead Pavilion laptops made me so irate that I told work I’d never buy another one. Switched to Mac and have Never.Been.Happier. 

  • imajoebob

    Getting out of the PC business is actually pretty astute. The “commodity” Win-PC business is dead.  On the other hand, HP has a unique opportunity to leverage WebOS into a vertically integrated product offering.  With HP’s presence in the business world, PCs, tablets, and phones running a mature, fully enabled WebOS could have been the “business” version of Apple.  Add their servers and business services to the mix and NOBODY can touch them for top to bottom tools.

    Too bad they rushed their tablet out too soon, because that may kill WebOS before it ever gets off the ground.

  • prof_peabody

    The tablets and phones and WebOS are not necessarily part of the PC business that they are exiting.  At least we can hope so.  

  • djbp

    Wonder how long before Google try to buy WebOs from them

  • jeanlouisnguyen

    The touchpad wasn’t a bad product on paper, but it was rushed and had zero traction, especially in the developers space.

  • AshleeNicole09010

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from,http://bit.ly/AuctionPenny

  • Stephen Parkinson

    What I want to know is what is that game in the picture???

  • MacGoo

    Google’s not into the habit of buying to kill, and they already have a mobile OS. Not likely.

  • MacGoo

    They’re killing the WebOS devices too folks.

  • MacGoo

    Sorry Prof, they’re gone too.

  • ShaunaJames

    ,I just paíd $20.87 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, bit.ly/BidShop

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  • AshleeNicole09045

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from,http://to.ly/aXHh

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  • Daniel Spinner

    Same here!

  • oscarfeliciano

    True, but they did buy Android.

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  • MacGoo

    Your point being? They didn’t kill Android. It’s somewhat important to their business at this point…

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