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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

August 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM

On Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft

So I came back from appointments to find that Hewlett-Packard said it’s spinning off its PC business and discontinuing operations for its webOS devices — specfically the TouchPad and webOS phones.

Microsoft has not issued any statement or comment yet on HP’s announcement.

My colleague, Brier Dudley, writes about this decision, that, from the executive suite, may look decisive and pay off in the long term, but “from a distance … looks like more wild directional changes at a storied company that has lurched back and forth in search of a strategy under a series of challenged chief executives.”

Also, “the only thing consistent about HP lately is its apparent hatred of Microsoft,” he writes.

Mary-Jo Foley with ZDNet writes that opinions on what the decision means for Windows vary widely.

Her prognostication: “I don’t see this HP’s sell-off as the PC death-knell or even an acknowledgement that 30 years after the PC’s birth, we’re now officially in the post-PC era. Instead, I’m hoping it will be an opportunity for a new, more risk-taking and innovative PC maker to swoop in as the new PC champion.”

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