HP revealed on Thursday that it is planning to stick with Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system for tablets.
HP CEO Meg Whitman announced on Thursday that the company plans to keep hold of its PC division and work with Microsoft on Windows 8. Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group at HP, revealed the company’s Windows 8 plans in a conference call on Thursday. This is my next reports that Bradley said he isn’t deterred by Apple and Android devices. “We’re at the beginning stages of a new segment,” said Bradley. “I hardly think that we’re too late, the work we’re doing with Microsoft is extraordinarily compelling, ultraportables are compelling.”
HP originally announced that it was on the brink of spinning off its Personal Systems Group (PSG). The group is responsible for consumer and business PCs and accessories along with digital entertainment devices. HP CEO Meg Whitman announced on Thursday that the company has no plans to scrap its PC division. “HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”
HP ships the largest amount of PCs worldwide and will play a big role in Microsoft’s roll-out of Windows 8 PCs. HP looks set to introduce a Windows 8 tablet. HP unveiled a Windows 7 based Slate in October. Priced at $799, the device is powered by a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540, 2GB of RAM, 64GB SSD and will handle 1080p video. There’s also a front facing camera and a rear one. The 8.9-inch device runs Windows 7 Professional and HP targeted the enterprise and business market. HP hasn’t ruled out further Windows 8 based tablets though. HP’s Phil McKinney, president and CTO of HP’s personal systems group, revealed that the company is working closely with Microsoft for Windows 8 in an interview earlier this year.