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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.

HP CEO Mark Hurd on Buying Palm ➝

HP CEO Mark Hurd speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch

We didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business.

If you don’t want to push your smartphone business than don’t buy a company whose main asset is a smartphone OS. An HP spokesperson later clarified that they will be investing in smartphones but they’ll also be putting webOS on printers and tablets — the only way I can see HP’s acquisition of Palm as a success is if HP goes full force with webOS handsets, anything less will seem like wasted money.