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The 10 Biggest HP News Stories Of 2019 (So Far)

From new products and security features, to channel investments, to HP's partnership with Xerox, here are the top HP Inc. stories from the first half of the year.

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Device-As-A-Service Moves

HP looked to expand its Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) business with a series of big moves during the first half of 2019. HP's DaaS offering provides PC leases paired with HP's TechPulse software for proactive identification of device issues—such as an impending battery or hard drive failure. In February, HP rolled out new DaaS features to channel partners such as the addition of predictive maintenance for Apple's Mac computers as well as Android devices. Then in June, HP and Xerox announced an expanded alliance that will see Xerox become a DaaS specialist in HP's Partner First program. Xerox brings strong penetration in the SMB market along with services capabilities to the DaaS push, HP and Xerox said in a joint news release. Xerox will be selling HP PCs, displays and accessories through the DaaS program, according to the announcement.

While DaaS is a nascent market, HP executives have pinpointed the service offering as a central focus for the evolution of the company's PC business. "While it's true there is some initial investment, there is really no alternative" to moving to services from traditional device sales, Weisler told CRN in March. "Because the market, given the mega-trends, is going to move there anyway. The question is, are you going to be there for that end customer, or not?"

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