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HP to focus on tablets and hybrid PCs

HP CEO Meg Whitman: "We’re shifting resources from PCs to tablets"
HP CEO Meg Whitman: "We’re shifting resources from PCs to tablets"
It probably comes as no big surprise: Hewlett-Packard reacts to declining PC sales and wants to focus on tablets and hybrid PCs in the future. What are the reasons, what are the implications?

It is not rocket science: If your sales go down, you need to react. In the case of Hewlett-Packard the dwindling sales in the PC sector have now led to a change in course. The world's biggest PC manufacturer will start focusing on tablets and hybrid PCs. Again.

This time around HP CEO Meg Whitman expects better results than under the previous management. She insists that HP will emphasize quality and hopes to achieve this by improving warranty and support. With PC sales declining worldwide the market keeps shifting towards mobile devices.

One possible hybrid solution is HP's Slate 21 which is projected to hit U.S. stores in September. This model is a perfect example of HP's intention to switch from Windows 8 to Android. That way the expensive license fees to Microsoft don't have to be passed on to the consumer which should result in more affordable products such as the already available Slate 7 tablet.

As mobile technology catches up, desktop PCs will become less significant over time - unless you are a power user or a serious gamer. A lot of people want to be available at all times and HP is trying to become part of that ever growing market. For consumers it can only bode well if this giant company wants to become a big player in the mobile devices sector.

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Author: Kurt Jonke, 2013-07-19 (Update: 2013-07-19)