TouchPad

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Dell has just released an updated touchpad driver and a quieter BIOS update for its XPS 13 Ultrabook.

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Touchpad Driver Update

This is how Dell describe the update:

New Features and Enhancements: ============= – Modify default setting of “2-Finger zoom” to disable – Modify default setting of “2-Finger rotate” to disable – Enable “2-Finger Scrolling” in start menu – Enhance 2 finger scroll – Enhance Palm Rejection

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A03 BIOS Update

This is how Dell describe the BIOS update:

Feature update: 1. Fine-tuned thermal table to version A03(TQ5).

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HP released a nice update to webOS for TouchPad users.  Read on for details!

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HP continues to update webOS for TouchPad users.  Here is the blog post from HP explaining what they changed:

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The HP webOS 3.0.5 update enhances core apps like Email and Calendar, improves the video calling experience, and fixes additional bugs.

  • Faster switching between Day, Week, and Month views, and faster event display in Calendar.
  • Faster scrolling when reading an email message.
  • Email attachments are now saved with draft messages.
  • Added sender photos and IM presence indicators in Email.
  • Improved stability when watching video in the Web app.
  • Improved handling of MP3s that are transferred from a computer using USB Drive mode.
  • Added a dedicated view of contacts available for a video call, for quicker setup of a video call.
  • New alert when video quality might be lower because of network issues.
  • When typing, pressing the space bar twice inserts a period. This can be toggled on and off.
  • Auto-correction can be turned off directly from the onscreen keyboard.
  • Added support for HTTP Live Streaming.

I updated my TouchPad tonight and noticed some improvements, particularly in the calendar and email applications.  If you are also sporting a TouchPad, go ahead and do the over the air update!

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Today, I bring you my impressions of the HP TouchPad tablet running webOS. Read on for details.

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As you probably already know, HP introduced and cancelled their webOS tablet called the TouchPad. I managed to buy two, one for my father as his welcome to the internet, and one for me. I have to say that at the pricing of $149 each, these were steals. I’ll give you my impressions, pros and cons, and then some concluding commentary at the end of the review.

First, let’s document what I want to use a tablet for in my house. Here is a list of the tasks that I like to perform with tablets:

  • Stream video from my home server. I use MP4 files, encoded in h.264 video and AAC audio, as well as WMV files. I like to stream these to tablets in the house.
  • Load video and audio files locally for playback. It’s nice to watch the latest Hawaii 5-0 and Two and a Half Men episodes while I am travelling, so I want to be able to play back content locally.
  • Email. I manage five or six personal email clients, including a Live IMAP account, a GMAIL account, an IMAP account for a website that I webmaster, and an Exchange Active Synch. In addition, my employer uses Lotus Notes and I’d like to be able to use the Traveller app to get my email and calendar.
  • WordPress comment moderation and light post editing. I webmaster a website for my daughter’s school’s PTA organization. I like to be able to moderate comments in WordPress and be able to make light edits to items already posted, like adding tags and categories to content posted by the other volunteers.
  • Twitter. I love keeping up with Twitter and like to use the tablets to do that.
  • Facebook management. Keeping up with my family’s Facebook content is another task that I like to perform on a tablet.
  • Web surfing. I like to be able to go anywhere on the internet, flash or no flash. I expect full and broad website support in the browser on a tablet.
  • Skype. I use Skype to keep in touch with family back in Ohio and would like a tablet to do that.
  • Amazon Kindle support. Reading Kindle books on a tablet is really nice, particularly when travelling as it lightens the load in my briefcase.
  • Light games. Think Need for Speed and Angry Birds here. I usually game on a full PS3 at home, but it is nice to have the ability to play a game here and there, particularly with a nine-year-old in the house.
  • Content creation. I like to be able to create Word documents and to be able to read and lightly edit Excel and PowerPoint files.
  • Remote access to content.  Being able to access content while on the move is a nice feature to have.

These are the main tasks that I like to perform with tablets, and will go down each one to tell you how the TouchPad fares. Keep in mind that we have an iPad, iPad 2 and a Windows 7 tablet in the house in addition to a TouchPad, so I’ll give you some comparisons to these tablets as we go.

Streaming Media in the Home

I have a HP EX475 Media Smart Server in the home running both Twonky and Microsoft’s Media Connect DLNA servers. As mentioned above, I like to stream video in MP4 (H.264/AAC encoding) and WMV formats. The TouchPad media player supports the MP4 format with no issue, but not the WMV format. This is not that big of a deal since everything that I have in WMV is also in MP4, so as long as the media player for the device supports MP4, we are good. I have loaded the app BHomePro from the webOS app store and it works very well with the Twonky server. I’ve streamed MP4 videos, JPG photos and music files inside the home with no issues and very good performance. In order to stream locally to an iPad, I needed to install Air Video onto the Windows Home Server and load that client onto the iPad. That works very well, but I prefer to leverage plain old DLNA rather than having to load another piece of server-side software to make it work.

Loading Video and Music Content Locally

The TouchPad allows you to load content directly to the device without having to use an intervening software. Simply connect the device to the source computer with the USB cable, put it into USB mode, and drag and drop your files onto the device. I hate having to import media into iTunes before loading content onto an iPad and this workflow is not required on the TouchPad. Of course, if you like that workflow, use the HP Play application (still in beta, BTW) to manage the synching operation. With 32GB of space, I have more than enough room to carry music, videos and photos with me while travelling.

Email Support

The TouchPad was very easy to configure my personal email accounts. In fact, the set up for Exchange Active Synch worked automatically while I had to manually specify servers for the iPad’s email client. In addition, the HP Synergy feature that allows me to link contact information from different applications makes emailing and Skyping and SMS texting much easier than before. Contact information from Facebook, GMAIL, Live, EAS, and other IMAP accounts comes into the Contacts application. As I send emails to people not in my contact list, Synergy adds them and allows me to link their email account information to pre-existing contact information stored in my other online accounts.

As far as sending emails, the composing app is very easy to use. I also picked up a Bluetooth keyboard to connect to the TouchPad, and find it simple to compose long messages with either the on-screen or Bluetooth keyboard.

My employer uses Lotus Notes and mandates use of Lotus Traveller software to get access to email and calendar functions on mobile devices.  Since webOS is not supported by Lotus any longer, I am out of luck getting corporate email.  I can use the web access client, but meeting notices don’t work as they require a browser plug-in that has not been developed by Lotus.  I am pretty much out of luck getting my corporate email on the TouchPad, where I can use either Traveller or the browser on the iPad.  If your employer uses Exchange Active Synch, the TouchPad will work well for you.

WordPress Moderation and Post Editing

My experience here has been mixed. There is a WordPress app in beta form that allows the normal mobile device access, and I’ve used it on the iPad to fix typos, add categories, moderate comments and the like with no real issues. It is not a replacement for Windows Live Writer, but it works for on-the-go maintenance duties. The issue is with the webOS client, any time I edit a post, the posting date is changed to November 1999 and so the post falls off of the website. You need to log into WordPress and revise the posting date. This bug renders the client useless for post editing and I hope that the webOS version is fixed at some point. However, the WordPress dashboard renders perfectly in the web browser, so I can make those edits that way, but score this one Advantage iPad until and unless the webOS client is fixed.

Twitter

I use the Twitter app called Graphite on the TouchPad. Graphite is the best Twitter app that I have ever used, hands down. It is much easier to read forwards, looks better, and is easier to get around in than any of the iOS Twitter applications. In addition, the Twitter web page works fine in the TouchPad browser. Graphite gives the advantage to the TouchPad over the iPad for Twitter use.

Facebook

HP developed the first tablet-specific Facebook app for the TouchPad and it has become my preferred way of using Facebook. In addition, any photos that you post to Facebook automatically synch to your Photos app on the TouchPad and are available for viewing on the TouchPad offline.  The iOS tablet Facebook app is also very nice, but the ease of use advantage goes to the TouchPad here.

Web Surfing

The browser on the TouchPad supports flash and so my EX475 media streaming application works fine over the internet. This is a huge advantage over the iPad, which requires Air Video and some port forwarding on the router to accomplish the same thing. While browsing is not tabbed, you can open up additional card views and have multiple websites open at the same time. One drawback, though, is the browser can be a bit slow in rendering complex pages. The ability to run flash offsets the speed issues for me, so advantage TouchPad.

Skype

We use Skype to video chat with family back in Ohio and the ability to do that on a tablet is a distinct advantage. Of course, since the iPad does not have a camera, you can’t Skype video chat with that tablet. My wife’s iPad 2 has the capability to Skype and it works rather well, but most of the time we use my Windows 7 tablet or my Windows 7 desktop for video chatting.

The TouchPad integrates Skype into the phone and messaging application, so it handles Skype out of the box. Just configure your Skype account when setting up your online accounts. Before the recent webOS update, Skype video chatting was choppy. Since then, I’ve noticed a much-improved Skype experience. In addition, it is simple enough to use that my father can now Skype with us over his TouchPad. This works well for us.

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HP released webOS 3.0.4 for TouchPads today.  Read on for details!

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Ari Jaaski, who heads webOS services for HP according to his blog site, announced the availability of a webOS update for the TouchPad today.  Here’s what he had to say about it:

We released a new software release (3.0.4) for the HP Touchpad a few minutes ago. It gets downloaded over the air and is automatically updated to your devices. As always, no strings attached. Enjoy.

We have a big number of TouchPads out there, and we wanted to continue serving users and developers. We improved performance, added better support for the camera, made connectivity with non-HP phones possible, improved messaging, touched the UI in many places, etc. Also, we’ve got over 1000 applications available for TouchPad through Application Catalogue.

We have also continued longer term architectural development for webOS. We are working hard around webKit and V8. Those are core engines for the whole webOS. The Enyo framework and developer tools are getting a lot of attention now. We have also some very cool development around UI especially in the area of working with many task simultaneously, and using the table screen even more efficiently. The web development model, strong cloud integration, and a fluid and beautiful UI are the cornerstones of webOS.

If you have a TouchPad, go ahead and update, but be careful if you have patches and/or themes installed.  You may want to uninstall them before updating webOS.

I have two on the way, expected any day now, and I’ll do a review when I receive my units.  Stay tuned!

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I’ve read some impassioned pleas from webOS and TouchPad fans asking HP to bring back the webOS device business.  Here’s my thoughts on why that will never happen.

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Before I begin, I wanted to say upfront that I really like the TouchPad.  The accessories are first-rate and I love the interface that webOS brings to the table.  I have two on order from HP and expect to use them, and I respect the HP/Palm team that brought this product to market.  They did good work.  This is purely a function of math and the implications of first-mover advantage for Apple.  Here’s what I mean.

The Numbers

There is a great group called iSuppli that does teardown estimation for products to get a handle on costs.  The HP TouchPad was given the teardown treatment here, and we get a good handle on what HP had invested in each unit sold.  For this analysis, I assume that iSuppli is in the ballpark when estimating the TouchPad’s costs.  The following shows a summary of the iSuppli teardown study:

16GB

32GB

Bill of Material Costs

$296.15

$318.15

Assembly Costs

$10.00

$10.00

Total Costs

$306.15

$328.15

When you assume that HP would sell these units at full list price, here is what the potential profit assumptions are:

16GB

32GB

Total

Retail Price

$499

$599

Expected Profit/Unit

$192.85

$270.85

$231.85

Expected Volumes

250,000

250,000

500,000

Profit Potential

$48,212,500

$67,712,500

$115,925,000

I had to make a few assumptions.  I don’t have their unit sales projections, but surfing the web lately, there are estimates of about 500,000 of these products were made and stocked for the product launch.  I assumed a 50% weighting of the 16GB and 32GB versions, and there are no transportation charges from Asia to North America built into these costs.

So HP clearly expected this first run of about 500,000 tablets to earn a profit before taxes and distribution costs of over $100 million USD.  Hey, sounds like a winner, right?  Who wouldn’t launch this run of product if there is a chance to make $100 million in the quarter?

Now for reality:

16GB

32GB

Total

Firesale Price

$99

$149

Firesale Unit Loss

$(207.15)

$(179.15)

$(193.15)

Expected Volumes

250,000

250,000

500,000

Loss

$(51,787,500)

$(44,787,500)

$(96,575,000)

Ouch!  No wonder Leo got whacked!  HP may have lost almost $100 million selling the first batch, and if the second batch of 200,000 is added in, the loss before taxes approaches $135 million. Note that this estimate excludes any penalties for breaking assembly contracts, letting people go, other shutdown costs and any payments that might have to be made to dispose of Pre3 and Veer phones that can’t be sold.  I think you can see why the board would immediately question any CEO would proposed restarting the product line.

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Today, HP emailed me with an update about the HP TouchPad tablet.  Read on for details!

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HP emailed information about availability of the TouchPads that I ordered for myself and my father.  I was lucky enough to get an order in before the HP Small Business Store cut off orders on August 22nd.  Here is the text of the email that HP sent to me:

HP Small and Medium Business Customer,
Thank you for your interest in webOS and the HP TouchPad – the response to our price reduction has been overwhelming – both in terms of volume and in the energy and enthusiasm it has generated in our customers.

It has taken us longer than anticipated to work through the high volume of orders that were received. We apologize for any uncertainty this caused, but we are now in a position to understand our ability to fulfill your order.

Your order will be fulfilled at the discounted price. However, we do not have enough stock to satisfy your order at this time. It will take 6-8 weeks to build enough HP TouchPads to meet our current commitments, during which time your order will then ship from this stock with free ground shipping. You will receive a shipping notification with tracking number once your order has shipped. We apologize that these timelines are longer than indicated on the website at time of purchase.
At the significantly reduced price, the HP TouchPad does not qualify for our standard 30 day return policy and is not returnable.

If this delay is not acceptable, please send an email to TouchPadCancel@hp.com with your instructions for cancellation within a week. Be sure to include your HP order number and the name and ship-to address on the order. Also please indicate clearly if this is the only order requiring cancellation or if you wish all orders in your name to be canceled. You will receive an automated cancel notification when your order cancellation request has been processed. Please be aware, however, that cancellations cannot be reversed, and our US SMB store has sold out of HP TouchPad and will not make any further available for sale.

We are pleased that we will be able to fulfill your order and look forward to you joining the exciting community of webOS!

Sincerely,
Your HP Small and Medium Business Team
www.hp.com/go/touchpadFAQ

Since HP is cranking up production to meet my order, I’ll have to wait 6-8 weeks before I’ll get my units, but at least I’ll be getting my order filled.  My father will use one unit to get onto the internet and I’ll keep one to be able to support him.

Here is some detail on the Small Business Store orders:

For orders placed after 4am CT on Monday 22nd August, US SMB had already Sold Out of HP TouchPad and had posted this on our SMB webstore. Due to this overwhelming response to webOS, we are unable to fulfill these orders. All of these orders have been canceled. If you saw a reserve hold for the amount of your order on your credit card, no actual charges have been made and this reserve hold will be released now that the order has been cancelled.

If you placed an order prior to 4am CT Monday, August 22, we are working through the large volume of orders, verifying payment details and seeking to source inventory for fulfillment. This process is taking longer than first anticipated. We apologize for any uncertainty this caused, but we are now in a position to understand our ability to fulfill your order.

As long as your order passed all payment verification, your order will be fulfilled. However, we do not have enough stock to satisfy all orders at this time. It will take up to 6-8 weeks to build enough HP TouchPads to meet our current commitments, during which time your order will then ship from this stock with free ground shipping. You will receive a shipping notification with tracking number once your order has shipped. We apologize that these timelines are longer than indicated on the website at time of purchase.

Thanks to HP for striving to fill my order, and I look forward to being able to review this tablet in detail.  Stay tuned for my review in a few months’ time and I’ll also keep you posted on webOS developments as they occur.

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HP published an update on TouchPad availability today.  Read on for details!

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The HP blog site The Next Bench published an update, announcing that HP was making more TouchPads to cover demand.  Here is what they said:

I finally have some solid news to share about TouchPad availability.

Before I share, let me first say thank you for enthusiasm for this product. Since we announced the price drop, the number of inquiries about the product and the speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning. I think it’s safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by the response.

Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase. See more information in the updated FAQs below.

Bryna (@BrynaatHP) and I (@MarkatHP) will update you here and on Twitter on the status of the new batch of systems. Please continue to share your thoughts and questions with us. Although we can’t respond to every one directly, we are sharing your feedback with teams inside HP.

Q: When is HP getting more HP TouchPads? One week, two weeks, a month?

A limited supply are coming and it will be a few weeks before they are available. As we know more about how, when, and where TouchPads will be available, we will communicate that here and through email to those who requested notification. We can tell you that HP’s Small and Medium Business team has sold out of HP TouchPads and will not have more inventory.

Q: Can you comment on whether HP had to manufacture more to meet the recent demand?

HP will be manufacturing a limited quantity of TouchPads with webOS during our fourth fiscal quarter 2011, which ends October 31.

Q: Will HP continue to make more TouchPads with webOS to meet the demand?

HP is discontinuing the development of webOS devices and is winding down device operations within our fourth fiscal quarter 2011.

Q: Will the notification/alert emails go out all at once so everyone has a fair shot?

All those who requested notification have been notified today that more are coming in the future, and will be notified again when more specifics are known.

Q: How does HP plan to address disappointed customers?

All those who requested notification have received a one-time exclusive offer along with their email as our thanks for their patience and loyalty throughout this situation.

Q: What about retailers? Some retailers won’t price match or drop their price to $99.

Each retailer will manage their own policy and process regarding pricing and price matching. Please contact the local retailer of your choice to see what their current position is.

Q: Please limit stock to 1 per person: some people are getting 20 and then selling them on craigslist and eBay for a major profit.

If more inventory is available in the future, there will be an order limit.

Q: What if you already own a TouchPad but want to get $99 pricing?

Please contact the retailer or the specific HP store where you originally purchased for their policy on this question.

Q: What about other regions, such as hp.ca, etc.?

At this time, other regions have limited to no inventory available. Please check with your chosen retailer or your local hp.com web site for more information.

Q: Any news on discounted TouchPad accessories or Pre2 or Veer phones or accessories?

Limited inventory remains on TouchPad and smartphone accessories. Please visit HP Home & Home Office or your chosen retailer for current availability as this situation is changing rapidly.

HP probably had some minimum quantity contracts and so I assume that they will make as many as they can to cover orders received and to satisfy these contracts.  Keep in mind that tear-down sites have estimated HP costs at over $200 per unit, so they are losing money on every unit that they make and sell at these fire sale prices.  I would not expect many more to come available.  I’ll update you as I learn more.

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According to CNET, there is a new OTA coming to the HP TouchPad soon.

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Here is what CNET were told:

We expect that HP TouchPad owners can look forward to an over-the-air update that will enhance the platform and add functionality and a growing applications catalog,” an HP spokesperson told CNET today in response to an e-mail query. HP would not elaborate on what those enhancements would be.

HP also said that it is seeing “huge spikes in activations and between 3-5X downloads of apps” as a result of the fire sale launched on August 19.

The most interesting comment was this:

“HP is fully committed to the ongoing support and service of customers who purchased webOS devices…We plan to continue to investigate the best ways to leverage WebOS software and grow the applications,” the spokesperson said.

Ok, so HP are fully committed to an OS that only runs on two devices, both of which they discontinued within weeks of being launched and have no plans to launch any more? I’m sorry, but that sounds a little silly to me!

So let’s see what happens then!

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On Friday Jim told you about the price drop on the HP TouchPads in the US. Now there is information on the price drop for the UK!

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Currys and PC World tweeted the following:

Currys & PC World stores: HP Touchpad SALE CONFIRMED FROM TUESDAY AM, Limited Stock £89 for the 16gb and £115 for the 32gb

And Dixons are due to start selling the TouchPads at the same reduced price some time later today (Monday).

Are you going to get one at this low price?

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Last night, I told you about the price drop on the HP TouchPads.  Today I have an update; read on for details!

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Here is what Best Buy is saying online:

Best Buy’s HP TouchPad Return
and Price Match Policies

What should I do if I purchased the HP TouchPad outside of the 14-day return policy and would like to return it?

Best Buy is extending its return/exchange policy on the HP TouchPad and all HP TouchPad accessories to 60 days. Come into a Best Buy store and we will help you find another tablet to fit your needs or issue you a refund.

Does the Best Buy Price Match policy still apply if I see the HP TouchPad discounted at another retailer?

No. As of August 19, 2011, the HP TouchPad is on clearance and we will no longer be selling the units so we will not offer any price matches. As mentioned above, we will still be offering an extended return/exchange policy.

It seems that Best Buy is not going to match the HP fire sale prices of $99/$149 based on this statement and the fact that the shopping cart prices are still at the old higher levels.

Wal-Mart is showing out of stock online at the fire sale prices, and I confirmed via a trip to the local Peoria Wal-Mart that the store is not matching the on-line prices.

Amazon is showing the old prices.

Microcenter is showing the old price until you put it in your shopping cart, which then switches to the fire sale pricing.  I ordered two this way today; hat tip to a bloke named Andrew Edney for finding that one!

HP is showing out of stock for fire sale prices.  I expect them to sell out returns from Best Buy and other sales channels that won’t discount, so keep an eye on this page.

Good luck shopping!

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PreCentral is running a story that claims that HP is asking affiliates to fire sale the webOS tablets.

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Wow.  $149, I may buy one for my parents at that price.  Here is the relevant part of the story from PreCentral:

In a memo sent to HP affiliates, the company issued the declaration to begin liquidating TouchPad inventories, with a price cut of $300 or more:

HP will be lowering the price of the TouchPad beginning Saturday 8/20/11. This is the lowest price ever for the TouchPad so please post it as soon as it goes live.  16GB TouchPad- $99; 32GB TouchPad – $149

So are these prices low enough for you to bite?

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Today comes the surprising news that HP is looking to divest its personal systems group and will shut down its webOS group.

Here is what HP had to say in their press release:

HP today commented on the recent announcement by Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU.L). HP confirms that it is in discussions with Autonomy regarding a possible offer for the company.

HP also reported that it plans to announce that its board of directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG). HP will consider a broad range of options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.

In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

According to this financial presentation from Q2, the personal systems group is a low-margin hardware supplier.  It is hard to see who would want to buy a 5% operating margin PC assembly business; we’ll have to see how that progresses.

The acquisition of Autonomy looks like a major transaction in the same class as Compaq or EDS.  It is a software company; initial valuation of $12 billion USD looks to be a premium over its $7 billion USD current market value.  Here is some feedback on Autonomy:

Founded in 1996 and utilizing a unique combination of technologies borne out of research at Cambridge University, Autonomy has experienced a meteoric rise. The company currently has a market cap of $7 billion, is the second largest pure software company in Europe and has offices worldwide. Autonomy is a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise that helps organizations to derive meaning and value from their information, as well as mitigate the risks associated with those same assets. Autonomy’s position as the market leader is widely recognized by leading industry analysts including Gartner, Forrester Research, IDC and Ovum.

Autonomy was founded upon a vision to dramatically change the way in which we interact with information and computers, ensuring that computers map to our world, rather than the other way around.

Human-friendly or unstructured information is not naturally found in the rows and columns of a database, but in documents, web pages, presentations, videos, phone conversations, emails and IMs. We are facing an increasing deluge of unstructured information, with 80% now falling into this category and, according to Gartner, the volume of this data doubles every month. As the amount of unstructured information multiplies, the challenge for the modern enterprise is trying to understand and extract the value that lies within this vast sea of data, whilst minimizing the risk.

Many companies believe that access to information is the answer to dealing with the unstoppable spread of information of all forms – if people can find information, they can process it themselves. Autonomy believes that although access to information is important, there is far greater value in forming an understanding of data and automatically processing it, freeing up people to focus on higher-value activities that computers are unable to do.

By providing a pan-enterprise software infrastructure that automates advanced operations, Autonomy presents customers with a compelling value proposition. With this ability, Autonomy enables organizations to penetrate their information silos, derive maximum value from their corporate assets, and boost productivity while minimizing the risks endemic to information proliferation.

The new management at HP is aggressively looking to put the accent on software and services.  These moves help advance that agenda.

We’ll bring you more information as we get it.

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