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HP tries to ease panic over its PC business

24 Aug 2011

HP announced last week that it is seeking to spinoff its Personal Systems Group (PSG) in a move that will effectively put an end to its PC business.

This kicked off speculation that the days of the company's entire PC  line were numbered, and rival vendors even went as far as to euologise the PSG.

However, HP isn't going to let its PC business languish in the meantime, and has published an Answering your Questions blog post to reassure customers that the PSG will not disappear entirely.

HP explained that the company remains the world's top PC seller and that, whatever the outcome, the business will carry on.

"Whether the company is spun off, sold or kept in the HP portfolio, the team here remains committed to creating and supporting great products and services for customers like you all over the world," the post said.

"We are the world’s largest PC manufacturer and, whatever structure we ultimately take, we plan to continue delivering innovative products and to stand by you."

Customers are understandably worried, but it seems that HP has a point. Dell and others would love to believe that the PSG will soon be no more, but it isn't going to disappear overnight.

However, while we might not need to worry about the longevity of the PC we buy today, there remain some serious doubts about the long-term viability of the PSG. If HP is looking to spin the unit off, there are obviously some major concerns that will need to be addressed.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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