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Breaking: HP to sell off PC business, buy Autonomy



Hewlett-Packard is planning to completely restructure its business, selling off its PC division, upping its focus on business solutions and killing off the disastrous WebOS tablet and phone venture it started when it bought Palm.

The first piece of the puzzle was reported by Bloomberg, which revealed that HP plans to sell off its PC division. This was followed by the same source, along with confirmation from the Wall Street Journal, revealing that HP is in talks with Autonomy regarding a $10 billion takeover of the UK software company.

Finally HP issued a statement confirming it is considering dropping the personal systems group - that which manufactures and services PCs - is indeed in talks with Autonomy and that it is scrapping WebOS with regards phones and tablets.

Autonomy is a highly successful company specialising in database search software, and the news of this potential acquisition meant that HPs stock actually rose on a day when all around were falling.

The story is still breaking but the repurcussions of all this are clearly huge with HP potentially changing from a brand well known among consumers for its PCs, laptops and printers to one that, like Oracle, is an obscure business solutions and technology provider.

We'll have more as further details are confirmed.



HP Press Release

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August 19, 2011, 7:32 pm

What a bummer to ex-Palm people who are still in HP. WebOS might just die a premature death.

David Gilbert

August 19, 2011, 7:38 pm

I'm not sure, I think there is enough support for the platform that someone somewhere will pick it up and put it on some hardware. What I think is a pity is that HP has done more damage to it since it purchased it than doing it good. I reckon RIM and webOS would be a good partnership but with RIM too far down the road with QNX I can't see it happening now.


August 19, 2011, 7:55 pm

When HP bought Palm the Castalan Prediction(TM) was that they had just wasted 1.2billion .. ..

clearly wasting that plus another 332million was too much .. especially when no one was buying ... 250,000 tablets at best buy that they want HP to take back ...

they could have wasted a bit of the money in my direction :(


August 20, 2011, 3:35 pm

I think WebOS has come far enough along to be an interesting purchase for a good-quality hardware maker, with phone and tablet experience. The trouble WebOS had was hardware optimization. The OS is inefficient in its use of hardware resources - in particular, a lot of its bells and whistles are unnecessarily processor intensive making it painfully slow at times. A company with more experience with that sort of thing could sort that out. Samsung may well be a good fit.

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