Taiwan's DigiTimes, citing a report from the Chinese-language Commercial Times, suggests that Samsung may be leading a pack of potential buyers for HP's computer hardware operations, with Lenovo and Chinese contract manufacturer Foxconn also in the running.
Lenovo makes sense; it swooped in when IBM
DigiTimes' own sources claim that rumors of an HP hardware sale circulated among the Taiwanese IT community late last year, but that those negotiations fell apart.
The speculation seems a bit far-fetched, given Apotheker's admission this week that all HP computers will come with webOS pre-installed, along with Microsoft's
HP could very well be brokering a deal with potential buyers to make sure that its webOS becomes standard bloatware for a set number of years, but that news that would only satisfy the cynics who decried HP's controversial, contested acquisition of Compaq years ago.
I fully understand that HP and Dell
Don't do it, HP. You can still think outside of the box without getting out of the box business.
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