The bombshell came in August when Apotheker announced that HP was to shelve the Personal System Group (PSG), despite being the largest PC vendor in the world, and was buying UK software firm Autonomy for $10bn.
The move sent shockwaves around the industry and underlined the growing difficulties facing PC manufacturers in seeing sizeable returns on investment as buyers splashed out on tablets and smartphones.
With HP out of the hardware market there was an immediate price slash on the TouchPad, and suddenly consumers were flocking to high street stores to get hold of the device for as little as £89, helping give the firm a boost in the market.
Despite this small benefit there were rumblings that the HP board was uneasy with Apotheker's decisions and they moved quickly to boot him out (with a $10m pay-off, so don't weep for him too much).
So, with Apotheker exiting stage left, in came former eBay chief Meg Whitman who wasted no time in righting the wrongs of his short-lived reign.
One of her first decisions was to reverse the closure of the PSG group, in a move lauded by analysts, and then, after some deliberation, to give the respected webOS platform to the open source community as an early Christmas present.
She also talked of her desire to make sure HP's dramas were kept out of the headlines (thus creating more headlines about the dramas) and to promote its products and services instead.
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