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  • HP CEO Says Apple to Likely Take Away PC Leadership Position in 2012


    Meg Whitman, HP’s new CEO recently told journalists that Apple was doing “a great job” and that her company’s rival (which was once smaller) is likely to pass HP to become the world’s leading PC maker next year. When asked by Le Figaro, a French newspaper, Whitman agreed with the Canalays' prediction that Apple’s sales of Macs and iPads would make it the leading PC vendor in 2012.

    Whitman continued to add that she thinks “it’s possible if you integrate the shelves. Apple makes a great job. We need to improve our game and our products to take over the leadership position. Apple could go past HP in 2012. We will try to become the champion in 2013. It takes time for the products on which I have come to influence the market." (via Google Translation)

    It was also noted that as CEO, Whitman devoted two teams of 100 employees each to study whether or not to spin off or sell HP’s Personal Systems Group that builds PC. This decision resulted in HP announcing that it would keep the PSG in place. What consumers are still waiting for is the fate of HP’s webOS, which is to be released within the next two weeks. Whitman added that HP still has a team of 600 employees “in limbo” waiting for an answer to the decision.

    When asked if tablet computers were comparable to PCs, Whitman answered that they weren’t yet and continued by noting that tablets are mainly used for the consumption of media and emails. According to her, tablets are not effective for productivity software. “Our studies show that this is an additional purchase that does not encroach on the PC market,” Whitman said, as she refuted the iPad’s non-controversial impact on the PC market. "This is an important area on which we want to go," she added.

    An interesting thing to take note of here is that HP beat Apple’s iPad to market last year with its slate PC running Windows 7, a device that could run Microsoft’s Office suite. However, the market largely ignored the HP Slate PC (and other Windows 7 tablets) and HP as a company abandoned the product as it shifted its developer resources toward building this year’s webOS powered TouchPad, which also failed to find interest in the market.

    As of right now, Whitman indicated that HP’s future tablet strategy will return to using Microsoft’s Windows 8, which is expected to be available at the end of next year. It’s also rumored that Microsoft will be bringing its Office suite to the iPad, where Apple’s own iWork apps exist as the top selling productivity software in the App Store currently. It is a bit interesting to see the CEO of such a large corporation admit that they will be passed up and acknowledge their faults.

    Source: Le Figaro
    This article was originally published in forum thread: HP CEO Says Apple to Likely Take Away PC Leadership Position in 2012 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Highly doubtful especially since Mac is only about 15%-20% of the market
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      iPhone & iPods will not replace a desktop/laptop pc. Apple still holds a very small pc market compared to windows.
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      Really? What kind of CEO did HP just hired? With that attitude she wont last more than a year.
    1. mosesh's Avatar
      mosesh -
      Meg Whitman is saddest excuse of a human and a CEO, a respectable company like HP should not have to deal with her.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Highly doubtful especially since Mac is only about 15%-20% of the market
      We aren't talking about market share, we are talking about PC makers. They will take the lead of PC MAKERS, as in they will be making and selling more PCs than any other company.
    1. epikarus's Avatar
      epikarus -
      If Macs become mainstream then where would all those hipsters go?
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Highly doubtful especially since Mac is only about 15%-20% of the market
      don't you have a coloring book you need to fill in ?
    1. Cheesey123's Avatar
      Cheesey123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by anekin007 View Post
      Really? What kind of CEO did HP just hired? With that attitude she wont last more than a year.
      They hired a REALIST! She knows that in some areas HP aren't competing how they could be and should be. HP no they have to start moving in a different direction so I'm looking forward to seeing the out come in 2012-2013. On a side note hopefully they will keep webOS and improve on it.
    1. Taniban's Avatar
      Taniban -
      Quote Originally Posted by sphangman View Post
      don't you have a coloring book you need to fill in ?
      That comment was clearly not needed.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by sphangman View Post
      don't you have a coloring book you need to fill in ?
      R u trying I say I'm wrong or r u wanting me to color the book with u and help u stay inside the lines?
    1. ShadeZeRO's Avatar
      ShadeZeRO -
      Quote Originally Posted by epikarus View Post
      If Macs become mainstream then where would all those hipsters go?
      That is a serious problem indeed. I'm surprised she isn't getting praise from a lot of the members here. I suppose fanboys dont like fangirls?

      I kid, I kid! She does seem somewhat reckless for publicly stating that though.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Tablets are not PCs and currently cannot replace home or office computers. iPad is not a PC.
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      Yeah right.

      -Luke
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      The iPad isn't even close to being a PC! She is right that tablets are mainly used for media and emails. The iPad is to slow and to restricted to do any real computing. It only has 512mb of ram for gods sake. Lol! They're trying to call it a PC just to make Apple's overall PC numbers look better. Simple as that!
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      We aren't talking about market share, we are talking about PC makers. They will take the lead of PC MAKERS, as in they will be making and selling more PCs than any other company.
      Thanks...I was about to post the same thing. I don't think they mean there will be more OSX computers sold than Windows computers sold, they're saying Apple will sell more computers than HP, Toshiba, Dell, etc. individually.
    1. jrrtps's Avatar
      jrrtps -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Tablets are not PCs and currently cannot replace home or office computers. iPad is not a PC.
      100% agree
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by jrrtps View Post
      100% agree
      I also 100% agree
      And Apple also agrees by 5% ROFLCOPTER
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Highly doubtful especially since Mac is only about 15%-20% of the market
      This is slightly underestimated. Should be about 20%-25%.

    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      This is slightly underestimated. Should be about 20%-25%.

      I did say about but that's sounds like a little better estimate
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      Considering how poor HP decisions have been of late, this article is laughable at best. At least she was intelligent enough to know a tablet is not a PC and it never will be.