Hewlett Packard (HP) has added major user group the International Association of HP Computing Professionals (Interex) to its growing list of supporters a week ahead of the crucial shareholder vote.
Interex chairman Bob Combs said that HP's proposed $22bn take over of Compaq would "give Interex members broader access to leading technology, research and development programmes, marketing and services and support, enabling them to strengthen their computing platforms".
Combs explained that the Interex board was unanimous in its support. Although the group is not believed to have a significant stake in the company, its views are seen as a major endorsement for the deal.
Meanwhile, HP board members have denied US reports of uncertainty and rifts ahead of the 19 March vote, saying that the majority of the board are behind the deal.
HP has also given some hints about how it will decide on which products to keep or kill after the merger, indicating yesterday that the surviving products and services will depend on revenue and market share.
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