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Palm Pre
Palm finds a buyer

It's been a rough year for Palm. The company has been hit with staggering losses, it hasn't been able to move inventory, and executives have been bailing left and right. However, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.

HP just announced today that it plans to acquire Palm for $1.2 billion USD. Most in the tech community were practically begging for HTC to snap up the struggling smartphone maker, but in the end, it was HP that prevailed.

Palm shareholders stand to get $5.70 per share in the deal, which is a pretty nice premium considering that the stock closed at $4.65 on Tuesday.

"We're thrilled by HP's vote of confidence in Palm's technological leadership, which delivered Palm webOS and iconic products such as the Palm Pre. HP's longstanding culture of innovation, scale and global operating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate the growth of webOS," said Palm Chairman and CEO Jon Rubinstein. "We look forward to working with HP to continue to deliver industry-leading mobile experiences to our customers and business partners."

"Palm's innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP's mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices," continued Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's Personal Systems Group. "And, Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market."

For those that were wondering, Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein will be sticking around after the acquisition.

With Dell seemingly prepared for World War III with a slew of new Android and Windows Phone 7 phones on the way, it should be interesting to see what archrival HP will do with Palm's technology in the coming months and years.



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Hmmmmm...
By dani31 on 4/28/2010 5:19:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Palm's innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP's mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices,"


I can't stop thinking of my company EliteBook which came totally suffocated by HP bloatware, or my multifunction printer that needed a full disk of software just to scan a damn page.

Consequently I don't see this "unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices" contributing to the development of a streamlined, user oriented WebOS.

But I do hope.




RE: Hmmmmm...
By notposting on 4/28/2010 6:00:09 PM , Rating: 2
Their software is abominable. Picked up an awesome piece of hardware (Officejet 6310) for under $30 thanks to the Hot Deals forum here.

However the software is pure trash, whether under XP, Vista, or Windows 7. I think the only thing of HP's software wise I've heard any appreciation for is some of their custom stuff for WHS.


RE: Hmmmmm...
By InternetGeek on 4/28/2010 6:50:04 PM , Rating: 3
I've owned a lot of HP devices and I agree with you. Which is why, since 2004 I decide to never use the HP software anymore. I simply plug the device (usually a multifunction) and let windows work it out. It's been a flawless experience since then.

However, truth be told, I've noticed that HP laptops seem to have the best software support in Windows. What I mean is that when I reinstall the laptop, the next step is run Windows Update and all drivers and issues are worked out then. Very nice experience. Also, it seems HP is using very good parts for their PCs.


RE: Hmmmmm...
By Omega215D on 4/28/2010 11:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
In order to get these low PC price points they have to throw in trial-ware and their drivers weren't bad by any means. At least that's how I felt.

I still have an old HP Pavilion bought back in 2000 still working like a champ today. I boot it up once in a while as a nostalgia machine (Win 98 SE). Soon it'll probably be loaded with different flavors of Linux.


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