Update: The Guardian is reporting that HP will shutter its webOS division and let go of up to 500 employees. The report quotes one HP employee working on webOS as saying, “There’s a 95% chance we all get laid off between now and November, and I for one am thinking it’s for the best.”
Source: The Guardian
HP announced that it is reversing course and keeping its PC division just months after the company announce plans to unload it while under now former CEO Leo Apotheker.
In a press release, newly appointed CEO Meg Whitman claimed, “HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG [Personal Systems Group]. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees.” She later added, “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”
In a conference call with analysts and reporters following the announcement, Whitman reiterated HP’s commitment to Windows 8 and new tablet PCs.
Regarding webOS, the mobile operating system HP acquired in 2010 as part of its tablet and smartphone strategy and then stopped supporting following poor TouchPad and webOS smartphone sales, Whitman left the door open for future products. “We’ll make a decision about long term webOS within the next couple months,” she claimed.
Whitman, the former head of eBay, took over as HP CEO following Apotheker’s resignation last month. Apotheker, formerly of SAP, was on the job for less than a year following the resignation of Mark Hurd amidst multiple scandals.