Selling up doesn't mean giving up.
Over the last week, there's been a significant amount of talk about HP's plans to leave the PC market. The company caused a stir last Thursday when it announced tentative plans to sell off its PC unit. "HP will consider a broad range of options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction," the company had said. However, one of the bigwigs at HP UK has no said that while the company's PC unit might be sold off, that does not mean it is quitting on PCs.
The Inquirer reports that in a letter it received via email, Paul Hunter, head of HP Personal Systems Group UK and Ireland, has insisted that "the team in the UK remains committed to creating and supporting great products and services." What's more, Hunter said that regarding PSG UK, it's business as usual. Check it out:
"I'd like to firstly clear up any misunderstanding that has arisen from the earnings announcement around the future of the Personal Systems Group
"There have been a number of incorrect stories saying that HP is quitting the PC business. Let me be absolutely clear in saying that at no stage has HP said it is quitting the PC business. Three options are being investigated, and whether the company is spun off, sold or kept in the HP portfolio, the team in the UK remains committed to creating and supporting great products and services.
"HP PSG UK is only going in one direction, forwards and that means customers can have confidence that existing HP products will be supported under the terms of their warranties as will any future purchases.
"Obviously the announcement has raised a number of questions outside those mentioned above. We are still working through some of these, but I wanted to try and address as many as I could. Regarding PSG activity in the UK, it's very much business as usual."
Hunter is obviously taking the time to email several publications, as Pocket-Lint is reporting that it also received an email in its inbox. In addition to the above, Pocket-Lint says Hunter also addressed webOS in his email. The executive is cited as saying that though the demand for its discounted webOS products took the company by surprise, HP is working to ensure everyone who owns a webOS device has a positive experience, and that includes supporting future development of the mobile operating system. Hunter is said to have gone on to blame market dynamics, stiff competition and a high-paced environment for webOS' demise.
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