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HP Moving Away from Windows

One battle Windows Phone 7 has definitely lost is the fight to keep huge Microsoft partner HP interested. It looks as though HP is pretty much ditching Windows on mobile phones and tablets and even de-emphasizing it on PCs. HP is running with its WebOS platform, no more a guaranteed winner than Windows Phone 7 but a somewhat more tested platform since HP did, after all buy it from Palm. First Intel, now HP. Microsoft's traditional partnerships seem to be atrophying all the time. But, hey, there's always Nokia.

Posted by Lee Pender on 02/14/2011 at 1:23 PM

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Tue, Feb 15, 2011 Phalitine USA

Microsoft is becoming a giant grab bag of mismatched products. Coming up with new technology after everyone else and changing everything with the newer version for the worst. It is not surprising that Android and other new techs are starting to becoming more popular with people. If only the bean counters would stop trying to protect big business and report the truth maybe things will get better.

Mon, Feb 14, 2011 TheTruthHurts

You people are clueless! What you are witnessing, and have been since Steve 'MonkeyBoy' Balmer took over that immoral, unethical, convicted predatory monopolist known as Microsoft, is the slow slide into irrelevance that a subpar, derivative software company is riding to extinction. HP sees the writing on the wall, Windows a dinosaur, that no one wants; they are forced to use at work, and as more people are allowed to bring their own to work, windows is losing share. Winphone 7 is a failure, that's why Nokias stick has list 15% since they tied their wagon to the sinking MS Rejoice that accompany as evil ad MS is dying. Embrace it. Buy some Apple stock and make some money. Unfortunately, you can't buy in at $7 like I did, but even at $358 there is still a chance to make 33% profit this year. I'd like to thank Steve Balmer and his ten years of, ahem, leadership for making me well off!

Mon, Feb 14, 2011 Tom

Microsoft has this incredible dev ecosystem built-up for its major platforms (PC, Phone, XBOX) which mostly play nice with one another. I can't see changing the tech direction of my company (such as with the WebOS platform) as this would involve significant amounts of re-tooling/re-training, not to mention the associated lost time and revenue to achieve a questionable return. For the most part Microsoft has been making steady progress with its tech and has a clear roadmap, and this is vital to our continuued success.

Mon, Feb 14, 2011 msj4 Florida

I agree with Wayne. HP and Windows 7 or whatever is a going concern. It now just depends on the direction the two "giants" take.

Mon, Feb 14, 2011 Wayne

HP cannot afford to move away from Windows on the desktop or laptop. I read that 30% of Windows sales come from HP, and that is what the user and companies want, and not some warmed over failed OS. As far as the phone goes, Microsoft just trumped HP with the Nokia deal, not to mention partnerships with LG, Samsung, HTC, etc., a case of too little too late for HP regarding phones. Now, on the tablet side HP might have an opportunity as the field is far more open, and that category is still in its infancy. However with Windows 7 tablets now appearing, and if MS gets smart and produces a tablet with Windows Phone 7 (WP7 for consumer oriented tablets and Windows 7/8 for Enterprise class tablets) they will likely beat HP easily, and take a sizeable share of the tablet market (maybe not dominate it like the laptop/desktop).

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