PC Spinoff Debacle
HP's decision in August 2011 to consider "strategic alternatives" for its $41 billion PC business through a spin off or another transaction struck partners selling HP PC products like a blow to the gut. The announcement led to a blizzard of questions from customers with regard to HP's commitment to the PC business. Even now, more than a year later, partners find themselves answering questions with regard to HP's commitment to the PC business. HP CEO Meg Whitman (pictured) reaffirmed the company's commitment to the business in October 2011, but the damage had already been done.