Rumor: HP ditching tablet plans following Surface unveiling

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Jun 29, 2012
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  1. It seems that Microsoft's plans to spark interest in Windows 8 tablets by launching their own branded hardware may have backfired in a big way. Microsoft's largest OEM, HP, has reportedly taken offense to the move and decided to pull……

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  2. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    Serves microsoft right. I thought Windows RT was a bad idea anyway unless it had x86 emulation built in. Why would you abandon ALL the software your platform is built on? Then chop off the Start menu and try to screw your hardware vendors. Microsoft is self-destructing.
  3. This obviously just gives a good excuse for HP to save face in front of shareholders and customers alike, as to why they are pulling out of another market. Or does anybody really seriously think that two Microsoft Surface tablets could pose a real threat to any that tablets, other than those that weren't fit for the market in the first place (eg. were overpriced and/or technologically obsolete)?
  4. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +11

    Anyone remember HP making a single smart decision in the last, oh ... decade or so?
  5. The surface was ment as an example of what Microsoft wants windows 8 tablets to be. They are setting the standard for what they expect manufactures to do. They are getting out of the hardware market after this.
  6. Hopefully, they will be getting out of the software market after this too!
  7. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    This rumor is not true. Trust me.
  8. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    It's nonsense. HP will be building windows tablets, but they will be focusing on x86-business class tablets. They have no interest in ARM atm. Why in blazes would they go to Android, if they said they feel x86 is the best platform for now and the immediate future.
  9. 3PAR and 3COM were a great decisions by HP...aside from that though, not too many at all.
  10. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Exactly what I wanted to say. I sort of doubt all of this is true. Do you really think HP and other companies would miss out on a HUGE chance to make tons of profits?
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Siding with android probably won't take HP much further, as if MS doesn't get things right with its tablet OS/offerings IMHO iPad will take that pie, not android (due to its glaring performance/stability and security flaws). At best it seems to be a rumor, at worst, it may speed up MS's transition to setup like Apple's whereby it will start producing its own software and hardware, leaving others fighting for scrapes.
  12. dcnc123

    dcnc123 TS Enthusiast Posts: 57

    Good decision for HP. You need to change your plans.... your devices are made for winter.. generates a lot of heat.... :) can be a mini heater... hahahaha sorry but that's true

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