Hewlett-Packard used this week's Consumer Electronics Show as the launchpad for the HP Slate21, an all-in-one desktop computer based on Google's Android operating system. The move added an exclamation point to its aggressive strategy of offering a range of products running on multiple operating systems.
While HP also debuted several Windows-based devices at CES, it was the HP Slate21 that drew the most attention. The HP Slate21 is the latest HP device running Google operating systems: The company began selling its first Chromebook last year when it also expanded its lineup of Android-based tablets.
In an interview with CRN, Thomas Jensen (pictured), vice president of worldwide channel sales at HP's Printer & Personal Systems Group, said the multi-OS strategy is simply responding to customers' desire to choose whatever device they want. It's also giving HP partners more flexibility to meet their customers' needs.