Some Silicon Valley residents view HP as "the home team" in the struggle for dominance in the computer industry. Others just see the company as a manufacturer of ink guzzling printers that cost too much to use.
Although the latter probably couldn't care less, the first will shed a tear or two after a news report (paid subscription) stated that HP lost title of top PC vendor during the past holiday shopping season. The last quarter of the year is traditionally HP's because it is heavy with consumers buying new computers, a market that Dell traditionally had to leave to the Palo Alto based company.
No more however. HP last quarter grabbed a 15 pct market share, trailing Dell with its 15.9 percent.
HP in the mean time has come up with a devious plan to make up for the lost profits: at CES earlier this month HP CEO Carly Fiorina unveiled a Gwen Stefani branded digital camera. They could hear Carly gna-gna-ing all the way in Texas, and if the rumours are right, Michael Dell has hired McKinsey to come up with an appropriate retaliation.
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