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From glass house, HP stones Dell's "tough road" to privatization

In the wake of Dell, Inc. (DELL) founder Michael Dell confirming rumored plans that the computer giant was going private, embattled rival Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) was swift to blast the move.

In a press release HP sniped:

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.  It's fired or forced out two chief executives in the past three years, and its most recent executive, former eBay, Inc. (EBAY) 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 of press-releases 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.

Source: HP



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Meanwhile...
By Donkey2008 on 2/8/2013 2:29:21 AM , Rating: 2
...Lenovo continues to gooble up the enterprise market while Dell and HP flop around like dead fish. Maybe they can merge and call themselves HELP.

I always liked Dell business class laptops and HP made some fairly good home laptops a few years ago too (HDMI instead of VomitPort, yea!)...

But how times have changed. I now sit in front of a docked LenoGo W520 everyday and I am actually quite satisfied with it. It isn't as fancy as a titanium Latitude, but it is reliable and a quality product. Lenovo has the right formula and their RMA process is second to none. No wonder they are sinking the American companies :-(




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