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HP UK Boss: We're Not Quitting the PC Market

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.

What do you think of HP's plans to sell spin off its PC unit? Let us know in the comments below!

  • tuch92
    I still don't think I get what he's trying to say..
    If someone else buys it, HP is still gonna support the other company's products. It's too vague. Someone care to explain?
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  • eklipz330
    it's odd, but i'm hoping this whole fire sale business was just a stunt. a lot of people have been exposed to WebOS, and a lot of people fell in love with it... go to the engadget articles, people are favoriting WebOS over android and iOS, there is a LOT of hope for it. just didn't have proper exposure

    hell, the TP's are selling close to regular price on ebay because of this whole debacle. it's really crazy, i wish i got one. toilet porn sounds so sweet
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    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.

    Awwwwww... =((( Just today I had to service an HP laptop and let me tell you, HP takes first prize for the amount of pre-installed bloatware! Too bad they're here to stay!
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  • zybch
    They should just spin off their personal computer business and call it Compaq.
    So long as they stop filling their computers with bloatware that slows them down to 1/2 their potential speed it'll work out fine.
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  • sonofliberty08
    i think he mean hp will spin of their pc factory, but will keep selling hp branded pc, all made in china by oem :)
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  • alidan
    eklipz330it's odd, but i'm hoping this whole fire sale business was just a stunt. a lot of people have been exposed to WebOS, and a lot of people fell in love with it... go to the engadget articles, people are favoriting WebOS over android and iOS, there is a LOT of hope for it. just didn't have proper exposurehell, the TP's are selling close to regular price on ebay because of this whole debacle. it's really crazy, i wish i got one. toilet porn sounds so sweet
    a mobile porn viewer, thats so what i would have used it for... and barcode like thing reader, i SO want one, but nothing with the capability is cheap.
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  • Nossy
    HP makes the crappiest PCs and Laptops. Even their printers are crap now. They want to be like IBM - servers. Too bad they are not hardware experts like IBM. Even though Lenovo owns Thinkpad now, those Thinkpad still rocks. Probably the beginning of the end for HP.
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  • Christopher1
    zybchThey should just spin off their personal computer business and call it Compaq.So long as they stop filling their computers with bloatware that slows them down to 1/2 their potential speed it'll work out fine.1/2? Exaggeration does not do you any benefit, to be blunt. I bought an HPE H8-1010T CTO from HP recently and while it DID have some bloatware, it was NOT slowing down by anywhere NEAR 1/2.

    Maybe by...... 1/1000th, not counting startup times.
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  • ajcroteau
    HP computers are complete garbage... you couldn't give me a free HP Laptop/Desktop...
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  • apocalypseap
    Sounds like lip service for share holders to me.
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