HP Trolls Dell Over Buyout, Says it is "Eager" to Poach Dell's Customers
February 6, 2013 3:54 PM
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From glass house, HP stones Dell's "tough road" to privatization
In the wake of Dell, Inc. (
Michael Dell confirming
that the computer giant was going private, embattled rival Hewlett-Packard Comp. (
) was swift to blast the move.
In a press release HP
Dell has a very tough road ahead. The company faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers... [Dell's] ability to invest in new products and services will be extremely limited. Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing customers and innovation at the curb.
The company also took aim at Dell's "significant debt load" and suggests that it is eager to execute "plans to take full advantage" to poach Dell customers "eager to explore alternatives."
The statement seems a bit comedic coming from HP, whose shares have fallen 66 percent in the past three years. HP has floundered in the mobile era, eventually
abandoning ship on smartphone efforts
fired or forced out two chief executives
in the past three years
, and its most recent executive, former eBay, Inc. (
) CEO Meg Whitman has cut the company's outlook three times already, since she took over in Sept. 2011.
The statements are not HP's first flamboyant comments in recent months. Since Ms. Whitman took over the company seems to be relishing its role as a melodramatic attention-seeker. Most recently it engaged
in a war
with former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch
, whom HP is alleging committed financial fraud.
Expect more groan worthy releases to land in months to come, as HP continues to lash about.
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RE: In opinion HP is the worst...
2/6/2013 6:42:16 PM
> That's why I build my own desktops. the small ITX boards do a great job and I can replace any failed component if needed. Fortunately I've only had to deal with a bad power-supply or hard-drive. Easily resolved and back up and running.
Can you build 5000 identical (same bios, gfx, etc) over the next 18 months? And can you manage them without a KVM hookup?
It's easy to build 1 or 10 really nice desktop or server PCs. It's a very different problem when you need them on a larger scale, and cannot afford the time to deal with product variation. That's where Dell and HP make a lot of their money.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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