HP changes gears and tries to spin-off (get rid) of consumer PC business.
As reported HP made some big announcements yesterday that included to stop making webOS based devices, buying unstructured data search specialist Autonomy for $10 billion and spinning off the PC business. As you might remember HP bolstered their computer business back in 2002 with the purchase of Compaq. Now, under the new lead of Leo Apotheker, HP wants get out of the consumer PC business because of the low margins.
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IBM did the same thing with the sale of their PC business to Lenovo years ago. It looks like HP will be soon just be known to consumers for their printers and not for other hardware. On the topic of webOS, HP insists that they will keep working on it. I do not see that going to be happening. If HP is not using it themselves, why should other hardware makers?
Additionally why would any app developer stick with webOS now? Come early 2012 we will have forgotten about webOS. 2012 will be anyway mostly about Windows 8.