HP spinning off PC Business: Why do We think Microsoft should buy it

Bloomberg News caused  a big stir in the tech world  with a report that Hewlett-Packard is looking to shred off its PC business to focus more on software and cloud services. HP is the largest PC maker in the world, shipping more than 15 million PCs last quarter, according to IDC data.

The News of Shutting down WebOS and HP touchpad  delivered a shocker, with Touchpad Selling for $99, HP spokesperson said it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. 

In relation to the PC business, HP said its board has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group.  It adds, 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 Personal Systems Group includes business and consumer PCs. It’s possible that HP will sell-off the PC business off as a new publicly traded company. But it’s also possible that HP could end up selling the PC business to an existing company.

WHY Microsoft should buy it

Getting into the PC business would be a huge break with tradition for the company, which long ago decided to focus on Windows and applications for a variety of hardware makers. It was a major key to the company’s success. Getting into the PC business would mean competing with its  partners   existing Windows PC makers.

Yes, it would be crazy enough to compete with it’s own hardware partners, however, we  believe the approach that leads to the best computing experience is when the computer is treated as  a single product,  and a single experience, allowing the operating system and core features to be tightly integrated with the hardware, much like what Apple does.

Yes, it’s the Apple model. We can debate this forever — and we probably will — but more often than not, in my experience, using Mac OS X on Apple hardware is smoother than using a Windows PC, overall. Macs feel like a single product that come from the same place, or even the same mind.

Again, speaking just from my experience, it’s rare to find a Windows machine that feels like that.

Maybe, if Microsoft owned a line of PCs — from the applications to the OS to the drivers to the underlying hardware — it could set an example that would take the Windows ecosystem up a notch.

It might not be the worst thing in the world. But no, of course, it’s not going to happen.

This is just my point of view and I am not endorsing an Apple product by any mean, let us know your point on view on this one, a healthy debate is welcomed.


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