HP couldn't have planned it any better itself. At the moment that the company reveals its target of becoming the number one notebook seller in the world once again, IBM seems to be falling of the earth.
The sale of IBM's notebook and computer business to Lenovo is facing hurdles now that US regulators are questioning the security aspects of the deal. After all, those evil Chinese are bound to fill future IBM laptops with spying devices.
For all it matters, the damage already has been done: users are staying away from the IBM notebooks, also because they seem to have little confidence in Lenovo's service and support organisation.
HP meanwhile is laughing all the way to the bank. "To reclaim the number one position, getting IBM customers back will be instrumental," Alberto Bozzo, EMEA's general manager commercial products for HP's personal systems group told vnuet.com.
Ever since the unveiling of the sale to Lenovo, customers have been running for cover – and HP claims to offer them a safe shelter.
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