If you've been paying attention to the PC wars, you've known for awhile it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Lenovo at some point would leapfrog Hewlett-Packard (HP) to become the world's top PC supplier. Well, one major research firm claims that's exactly what happened in the third quarter of 2012, while a second firm still has HP ranked No. 1. Sadly, one thing all the major bean counters agree on is that the PC market in general is looking pretty pathetic. Let's take a look.
My favorite CEO adage by far is the tale of three envelopes. It is rumored that a new chief executive is presented with three envelopes by his predecessor. These notes of wisdom are designed to be opened in sequence in response to any serious crisis. The first letter directs the new leader to shift blame to the last CEO. The second envelope directs the CEO to re-organize and fire people. The last and final piece of advice on the third letter is to prepare three identical envelopes for the next guy. This urban legend may elicit a few snickers from the readers, but unfortunately for HP CEO Meg Whitman, it looks like she’s already cracked open two of her three envelopes.
Following the unmitigated disaster that was the TouchPad, Hewlett-Packard has kept a low profile in the tablet market, with the Windows 7-powered Slate 2 tablet PC being the only HP-branded tablet device to have hit the market since then. In August, John Solomon, senior VP of HP's Americas printing and personal systems division, said that the company’s Windows 8 tablet would pack “some unique intellectual property.” We now know what Solomon was talking about back then.
PC Manufacturers are working day and night to shrink Ultrabooks into impossibly thin new form factors, and one of the casualties of this push has been output display options. VGA and DVI made way for mini display port and HDMI, however even these smaller connectors take up precious space. Even if your laptop sports one, what if you want more than one external display? The answer my friends is DisplayLink. The proliferation of USB 3 on Intel’s new chipsets is making outputting to multiple monitors over USB much more than a hack, this could well be the future.
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Hewlett-Packard, still the world's largest pre-built PC player, introduced four new all-in-one desktop PCs today, including the SpectreONE, which is the first AIO to join the Spectre family. The other three include the HP Envy 23, Envy 20 TouchSmart, and Pavilion 20, the latter of which is the only one of the bunch that's a non-touch system. HP's SpectreONE doesn't sport a touchscreen either, but it does ship with a wireless trackpad that will allow users to scroll, swipe, and tap around Windows 8 when it ships in October.
Everyone who purchased one of Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad tablets last year during the company's infamous fire sale can finally feel vindicated in doing so. That's because the first beta release of Open webOS ships today, HP announced in a blog post. It's been a long eight months since HP first announced it would contribute the webOS software to the open source community, essentially handing the reins over to third-party developers.
Regardless of how you feel about Windows 8 and its tile-based user interface, you have to hand it to Microsoft for ensuring its launch partners are on board with the new operating system. Hewlett-Packard certainly is, as it's one of several companies announcing new products ahead of Windows 8's debut in October. HP today unveiled three new Windows 8 devices, including two Ultrabook models (Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 and Spectre XT TouchSmart) and a hybrid PC (Envy x2) that follows a growing trend of combining a tablet PC and Ultrabook into a single device.
Hewlett-Packard boss Meg Whitman isn't ready to hit the panic button, even if stockholders are after the company announced financial results for its third quarter ended July 31, 2012. There were some sharp declines in the report, including an $8.9 billion net loss, down a whopping 568 percent from the same quarter one year ago. Net revenue fell 5 percent year-over-year to $29.7 billion, but despite it all, Whitman sees progress being made in HP's comeback tour.
Remember Hewlett-Packard's ill-fated TouchPad tablet? It didn't last long on the market, though it did enjoy a flurry of sales when HP discontinued the tablet and drastically reduced the price. Since then, people have been hacking and modding the slate so as not to be stuck with webOS, and now TouchPad owners are able to get a taste of Google's Jelly Bean build (Android 4.1).