That being said it is the best avenue for HP PC group to go. I think the division will be much better off.
They need to approach things in a more dynamic way like during the late 90s. Streamline their product line up too offer better value too. Drop the very cheapest offerings to concentrate on mid range and upper range products, with better quality, heck how about a couple of gaming machines too. Bring back the Voodoo name.
Note to HP PSG...you know maybe you need to think about moving your manufacturing back to the USA. If ZT Systems can do what they are doing at the price they offer you CERTAINLY can as well and probably do a better job of it.
Most consumers in the USA think of HP as a "US manufacturer" which it had been for decades until recently. You need to become that once again. Apple wants us to THINK they are a primarily US concern but they are NOT. T
They design stuff here but don't actually manufacture in the US. They simply outsource the dirty business of 'making' stuff overseas. No wonder we have such a high unemployment rate.
And all the overseas manufacturing can be a serious political and security problem down the road. Can't get into a military conflict with the guys who make the hardware to operate your military :-)
There's no need to pretend like you know what the hell you are doing. Just admit that you screwed up WebOS, and then betrayed your loyal customers by implying that you were exiting the PC business. Accept the fact that you are clueless as to what consumers want, and that your customer base is now flocking to Dell and Lenovo and there is nothing you can do about it.
You'd think that the major shareholders and members of the board of directors of HP would request that Leo have a full mental exam including psychiatric and psychological testing and assessments. The guy instead of being a visionary may just have a few screws loose. Yes, the HP TouchPad running WebOS might not have had a sufficiently large user base to attract enough talented App creators to write enough useful and attractive apps for that tablet and yes the TouchPad was slow and jerky playing videos. So, HP could have just transitioned to an Android based tablet like other companies. Tablets are a growing field. It seems nuts for HP to abandon it. The whole decision to buy Palm didn't make any sense. Palm was dying. Their Palm phones' displays and keyboards were too small and they had a "cheap" plastic feel to them. Their previous HP Microsoft based phones were a joke. People bought HP printers and computers together before. Will they if HP spins them off? Are they going to allow Leo to drive the whole company into the ground and lose more billions of dollars of net worth/wealth only to find out later that he is a manic depressive or a schizophrenic or otherwise impaired? What kind of company abandons a humongous market when they're # 1 in sales of it worldwide and still reasonably profitable in it? They have a brand name that's priceless and they want to throw it away. Isn't that crazy?
Dave Chappelle in a Rick James skit had a funny and yet sad punch line: "Cocaine is a helluva drug."
Used to be most American CEOs worked their asses off, now it seems many of 'em just sell their assets off. American companies have to end their obsession with beating the market's quarterly expectations and instead plan and work towards more market share, more revenue, more profits and a better future for their companies over 3 to 5 to 10 year terms. With the way it is now, most C level executives have their benefits and stock options tied to next quarter performance, to see if their profit levels beat market forecasts, so they'll do anything to beat those figures and contrive golden parachutes for themselves to jettison themselves from the company when the company inevitably misses the market's forecasts. It's like Bush and Obama priming the pump with trillions of dollars the USA is borrowing from China, Japan, the UK, the Saudis and the ultra rich in the USA to "stimulate" the economy now only so our children will have to pay back a larger inexorable national debt later. Enough! It's time to think medium and long term. That's what the Communist Chinese are doing. Are we going to let them take over the world economically?