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HP transformation: reference guide to today’s news and 3Q11 earnings report

Along with third quarter 2011 financial results, HP today announced a transformation designed to better position the company for the future by narrowing its focus on its strategic priorities of cloud, solutions, and software.


First, we are making a strategic investment in innovation by way of a recommended all-cash offer for the issued and to be issued shares of Autonomy Corporation plc, a leading global software business headquartered in Cambridge, UK and San Francisco, USA.


Second, we will focus HP on fewer fronts to further concentrate on the markets that offer the best opportunities for profitable growth and shareholder returns.  As part of this effort, HP has decided to discontinue webOS hardware device operations.  We will explore options for the webOS software platform.


Third, HP has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group, which may include, among others, a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.


“HP is taking bold, transformative steps to position the company as the leader in the evolving information economy,” said HP CEO Léo Apotheker.  “Today's announced plan will allow HP to drive creation of long-term shareholder value through a focus on fewer fronts, thereby improving its ability to execute, invest in innovation and drive a higher-margin business mix."


HP also announced the promotion of John Visentin to become the new head of its Enterprise Services division, which delivers technology infrastructure, applications, and business services.  Visentin will report to the CEO.


HP held a live audio webcast of its conference call to review its financial results and the company transformation on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.  A replay will be available at


Stay updated with further news as it becomes available by following @hpnews on Twitter, the Newsroom, and our investor relations website.



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david massing(anon) | ‎08-19-2011 06:23 AM

I am dissapointed that you have dropped webos hardware and support. I was devoted to making my laptop purchase from your company for my culinary degree. I was very much ready to change all my computers and tablets as hp hardware. Now I will definatley be looking to another company for all my computer needs due to this very sad news about webos are the company that should have prompted the greatest of smartphones and tablets and made webos devices available to the masses and surpass the market shares in your favor. You just lost a very good potential customer.
David Massing

Ryan webOS Fan(anon) | ‎08-19-2011 08:56 AM

I want webOS. Why did you have to even buy it in the first place if you were going to kill it!

Jim OSullivan(anon) | ‎08-19-2011 01:31 PM

well, I feel ripped-off and betrayed. My seven WEEK old TouchPad will probably never have the ability to edit word or excel documents and will probably never see the full capabilities of touch to share. Can I get my money back?

diane hill(anon) | ‎08-19-2011 08:38 PM



After 6 weeks of owning this touchpad, I learn you won't be supporting WebOS any more.  Come on, what a joke you've become.  I will no longer be buying HP ANYTHING like I have for the past 15 years.  You and QVC should refund our money for the best thing I've seen come from HP.   Shame on you all

Cam(anon) | ‎08-19-2011 10:11 PM

How does a 20% reduction in share value make you all feel? I really hope you didn't feel that this was a good move. You were the largest PC manufacturer in the world, and you decide you don't want to have anything to do with it anymore? You have a great product in webOS, and you just aren't going to support it anymore? I'm sorry, but as a person of logic, I fail to find any here.

Ethan_Bauley | ‎08-23-2011 09:14 PM

Hi everyone -


We've posted answers to many of your questions about webOS and PC's at our other blog, The Next Bench:


We'll keep you posted as we get more information.





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