HP back in PC biz, swears by Windows 8

October 30 2011: Hewlett Packard is not about to spin off its Personal Systems Group (PSG) division responsible for its PCs business after all. The new management headed by Meg Whitman has reversed the August 2011 decision announced by the ancien regime. “HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said  President and CEO Whitman on Oct 27 at an investor conference.

HP is the No. 1 manufacturer of personal computers in the world with revenues totalling $40.7 billion in 2010.

In India too HP has been a leader for many years, though it faltered in recent quarters, challenged by Acer for the first time according to an Aug 2011 Gartner study.

Whitman also clarified that far from killing off its Tablet avatar, TouchPad which saw prices slashed in recent weeks to around$ 100, HP would launch future versions with the Windows 8 OS rather than the WebOS it inherited when it acquired Palm. Here too the going will not be easy, in India with Samsung emerging a leader in the 7 inch tablet space with over 80% market share according to CyberMedia Research.