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HP to Keep PC Business, WebOS's Future Still Unclear

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Oct 28, 2011, 3:48 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HP's new CEO Meg Whitman announced that the company now intends to retain its PC business. Former HP CEO Leo Apotheker revealed a plan in August that would have jettisoned the company's hardware business in a shift to a services-only company. Whitman's decision reverses that plan, which she said made "no sense" for HP. "I have a lot of confidence we've made the right decision and now we're going to go back to work and go execute," she said. As part of the August strategy shift, HP also said that it intended to kill off its webOS-based smartphone and tablet businesses. HP now says that it is planning to build tablets using the Windows 8 platform from Microsoft rather than webOS. WebOS's future as a smartphone platform, however, remains cloudy. Todd Bradley, the head of HP's PC unit, said that the company will "clearly look at what's the right path forward for webOS." In the past, the company indicated that it might license webOS to other manufacturers or sell it.

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Oct 28, 2011, 6:04 PM

Makes one wonder.

Why would any company hire a CEO that just spent tens of millions of dollars to lose a race for Governor of California?
What does that have to do with her business skills?
Why WOULDN'T they? That one lost an election hardly seems like a legitimate reason not to hire someone....
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