Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

Summary: Samsung officials are denying rumors that Samsung plans to take over HP's PC business. This comes as HP, the No. 1 vendor of Windows PCs, contemplates selling its PC business.

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Well, I guess that settles that.

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In a short and sweet post to the official Samsung Global Electronics "Samsung Tomorrow" blog on August 24, unnamed Samsung officials said:

"The recent rumors that Samsung Electronics will be taking over Hewlett-Packard Co.'s personal computer business are not true.

"We hope this clarifies any confusion that may have occurred."

In March, rumors circulated that HP was about to sell its notebook business to Samsung.

HP officials have attempted to clarify their statements from last week by making it clear that HP has not yet decided (completely) to spin off its Personal Services Group business. Instead, they say, they are considering whether to sell it, spin it off as a standalone entity or keep it.

HP is the largest vendor of Windows PCs, outpacing Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and Toshiba.

Samsung officials did not address in the above-mentioned post rumors that Samsung may be among those potentially interested in licensing HP's WebOS operating system.

(Thanks to ZDNet's Ed Bott for his tweet on Samsung's statement.)

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Samsung

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

    Google will buy HP, they want to become Apple. Haven't you noticed yet? they copy everthing.. Facebook=Google+, Groupon=Google Offers, Android=Iphone, Google TV=Apple TV...... I could go on and on...
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

      @Hasam1991 only difference is that Google is not fascist company and they give freedom to people opposite of being trapped in Apple ecosystem which empties your pockets. I'm using a lot of Google services for few years now and never ever paid for any single one of them ... I love Google
      AdnanPirota
      • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

        @AdnanPirota - So basically your complaint isn't so much with the so called "closed Ecosystem", but with companies that charge for their products. You must be a treat to watch when you go shopping at Wal-Mart and stuff your pockets with anything that will fit in them.
        TheAngryBird
      • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

        @AdnanPirota
        We love Google. Getting rid of windoze from the PCs would be a huge step in the right direction.
        The Linux Geek
      • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

        @AdnanPirota
        What do you mean by closed ecosystem?? I never get that argument...
        Hasam1991
      • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

        @AdnanPirota <i><b>"Google is not fascist company "</b></i>

        Really?

        Go tell that to <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/blog/violetblue?tag=mantle_skin;content">Violet Blue and the many other Google+ users who are currently suffering at the hands of Google's "Real Name Police"</a>.
        bitcrazed
      • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

        @AdnanPirota [i]never ever paid for any single one of them ... I love Google[/i]

        There is no such thing as free beer. You have paid in ways other than money. Apple or HP or Dell show you exactly what you have to pay with for the goods they deliver: money.
        Earthling2
      • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

        @The Linux Geek [i]Getting rid of windoze from the PCs would be a huge step in the right direction.[/i]

        What stops you from doing it on your computer right now? Do you expect not only a free OS but also a free machine, free OS install and a free internet connection so you can troll more? :-)
        Earthling2
      • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

        @AdnanPirota
        I suppose they also brought 'freedom' to the 50,000 Chinese authors suing Google for copyright infringement? Is ripping people off wholesale a new kind of 'freedom'? Google make CaoCao look like Mozi.
        Major Plonquer
      • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

        @AdnanPirota

        After reading your comments I've come to the conclusion that the only thing that should be free is condoms.

        The more I listen to you the more I believe in birth control.
        Major Plonquer
  • Just when you thought it was safe to buy an Itanium

    <ul><i>[HP] are considering whether to sell it, spin it off as a standalone entity or keep it.</i></ul><p>Meanwhile, large account customers are considering whether to place orders now with Dell, wait 90 days to see if HP can get its act together, or ask IBM if they will do hardware maintenance on Lenovo PCs.
    Robert Hahn
    • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

      @Robert Hahn
      ANYTHING But Dell, they are the worst!
      Hasam1991
  • Most likely...?

    If you ask me, the most likely case is HP may not sell it after all. The decision was made too quikly from everything we have seen.
    jk_10
  • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

    Once the HP personal systems are separated, that business is still a Fortune 60 company. I don't know many companies who could absorb such a large beast. The HP business will probably be spun off and try to stand on its own.
    frankwick
  • RE: Samsung denies it will take over HP's Windows PC business

    Would love to see HP keep making computers, I really prefer them. If they have to sell the PC group, I'd be fine with Samsung.
    roteague