Mike Becky

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Hewlett-Packard Announces Plans to Split into Two Companies ➝

Quentin Hardy writing for The New York Times:

The company, considered a foundational institution of Silicon Valley, said in a news release that it intended to divide itself into a company aimed at business technology, including computer servers and data storage equipment, software and services, and a company that sells personal computers and printers.

Both companies will be publicly traded. The business-oriented company will be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, while the PC company will be called HP Inc. and will retain the company’s current logo.

When is the Last Time HP Had a Single Interesting Product? ➝

To answer John Gruber’s question regarding HP: August 17, 2011, the day HP released the Pre 3. Which was also the day before HP announced that they were discontinuing all webOS devices.

Unreleased webOS Products ➝

Dieter Bohn writing for the Verge:

Even if HP had not decided to give up on webOS hardware and all but abandon webOS software, the chances that any of these products would have seen the market and gained any sort of real success seems awfully small. Both Palm and HP had difficulties shipping on time and competing successfully even in the best of circumstances — and it was clear that HP didn’t think it would be able to take on the challenges that would have lain ahead for webOS.

Dieter did a great job with this piece on webOS software and devices that never saw the light of day. The team that Palm and HP built that worked on webOS obviously saw where things were headed with software interfaces and did a pretty good job at building for that future. It’s just unfortunate that the whole project had to implode the way it did.

Mobile operating systems would be in a very different place if webOS would have had the opportunity to push the competition in new and interesting directions.

I do think it’s interesting how much of an impact Apple has on the industry, though. From Dieter Bohn’s aforelinked piece:

If the documents we obtained detailing HP’s product plans are any indication, the iPad 2 sent the company into a panic. In a document distributed in late March, HP admitted that the iPad 2 had “changed the competitive trajectory” and foresaw rapid responses from Samsung — which had shaved over 2mm from its Galaxy Tab tablet in response to the iPad 2. HP had also gotten pushback from the likes of AT&T, which wasn’t happy with the TouchPad’s “thickness, weight, [and industrial design].”

Between this and Fred Vogelstein’s recent article in The Atlantic entitled “The Day Google Had to ‘Start Over’ on Android,” I’m starting to get the feeling that Apple has a tendency to send other companies into a tizzy whenever they release new products.

What Could Have Been ➝

Derek Kessler got his hands on a webOS prototype that was codenamed “WindsorNot.” It was scheduled to be released after the Pre3 in late 2011 but, unfortunately, never saw the light of day.

HP To Adopt Android For Upcoming Mobile Devices ➝

Taylor Wimberly writing for ReadWrite:

Having failed to carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era, Hewlett-Packard is now taking drastic measures — by adopting Google’s Android operating system to run a series of upcoming mobile devices.

Remember when HP bought Palm? They had a brand new mobile operating system that most technology journalists believed would help them rival Apple in the “post-PC era.” They had everything given to them on a silver platter and still managed to screw it all up.

Imagine if they spent the past two-and-a-half years developing WebOS and building a dedicated user base. Where would they be now? They likely wouldn’t be considering splitting up into smaller companies.

Thirty-One ➝

Chris Ziegler:

That’s the number of months it took Palm, Inc. to go from the darling of International CES 2009 to a mere shadow of itself, a nearly anonymous division inside the HP machine without a hardware program and without the confidence of its owners.

Fascinating look into the events that lead to the eventually demise of Palm and webOS.

HP Manufacturing ‘One Last Run’ of TouchPads ➝

Mark Budgell writing for HP:

Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase.

This announcement from HP comes on the same day that Reuters publishes a report claiming that HP might “resurrect” the TouchPad. Reuters’ report doesn’t quote anyone explicitly saying that they might bring the TouchPad back, but does quote the head of HP’s Personal Systems Group, Todd Bradley, who told them “Tablet computing is a segment of the market that’s relevant, absolutely.”

From Rueters report alone, I’d suggest not getting your hopes up about HP bringing the TouchPad back. They couldn’t even get a direct quote from Bradley that they’re considering this move. But, combined with HP’s announcement that they’ll be doing “one last run” of TouchPads makes me a little hopeful that, at least HP’s spun-off computer division, might decide to bring back the TouchPad and webOS as a whole.

(Via Andy Ihnatko.)

John Gruber’s Simple Explanation for Why HP Abandoned Palm and is Getting Out of the PC Business ➝

John Gruber on HP CEO Leo Apotheker:

The thing is, Apotheker’s relevant experience was serving as CEO of SAP. What’s SAP? SAP is an enterprise software and consulting company. Honestly, we all should have seen this coming. You don’t bring in an enterprise consulting guy to turn around a PC and device maker. You bring in an enterprise consulting guy to turn a PC and device maker into an enterprise consulting company.

Mark Hurd was HP’s CEO when Palm was acquired. And, I doubt Apotheker had any interest in what Palm had to offer.