CRN Podcast: Will HP's PC Loss Be Dell's Gain?

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CRN Podcast: Will HP's PC Loss Be Dell's Gain

HP dropped several bombshells last week, including the disclosure that the company's leadership is considering a possible sale or spin-off of its Personal Systems Group. Now HP's longtime rival Dell is looking to take advantage of the turmoil.

The future of HP's PC business is in limbo as the board of directors considers its options for the $42 billion PSG unit. It's a seismic shift for HP, which 10 years ago upped its PC presence with the historic Compaq merger. And competitors, namely Dell, are looking to take channel partners and market share from HP.

HP also announced the surprising end of the TouchPad, the company's WebOS-powered tablet that was released just last month. And let's not forget HP upping its software business yet again with the agreement to acquire software maker Autonomy for $10.3 billion.

If HP exits the PC business, how will it affect the thousands of HP hardware resellers? Will Dell become the dominant x86 vendor for the channel? What's HP's long-term strategy if it leaves the PC business behind? Is the industry truly moving to a "post-PC era"?

CRN editors Rob Wright, Jennifer Follett and Steve Burke tackle those questions and more in the latest CRN Podcast.

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