Microsoft Surface Tablet Puts Pressure on Dell, HP
One day after Microsoft unveiled its own Surface tablet computer, attention shifted to long-established Windows OEMs on how they're going to compete against their own software partner.Now HP and Dell know what they're up against when they start to build tablet computers to run the new Windows 8 operating system, and it's not just the tablet king Apple iPad, but their own software partner Microsoft. Rather than just rely on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and others to preinstall Windows 8 on the new PCs they manufacture, Microsoft followed the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs' "the whole widget" philosophy and introduced the Surface tablet June 18 in Los Angeles. While Microsoft still plans to license Windows 8 and the related Windows RT to manufacturers as it has always done, it'll be sharing it with Windows OEMs, two in particular, whose tablet presence in the market is rather weak.
HP thought it could respond to the iPad by acquiring Palm in 2010, taking its webOS mobile operating system and installing it on a tablet called the HP TouchPad, which it began selling July 1, 2011. Just 49 days later, HP killed off the TouchPad. At about the same time, then CEO LÃ©o Apotheker announced that a strategic assessment was under way to determine whether the entire Personal Systems Group (PSG) within HP would be spun off as a separate public company or, perhaps, even sold. Soon after Meg Whitman replaced Apotheker as CEO on Sept. 22, that sword of Damocles was removed from above PSG's head.