Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest computer maker, today announced it is in talks to buy Autonomy, a business software maker, for about $10 billion and plans to spin off its personal-computer business, reports Bloomberg.
The company is considering paying a premium – some $10 billion – for Autonomy, people familiar with the matter said earlier. Autonomy’s main technology, ‘Intelligent Data Operating Layer‘ (IDOL), allows search and processing of text taken from database, audio, video or text files or streams.
HP said that it will take a hit to fiscal 2011 earnings of $1.16 a share to $1.23 a share as it restructures and shuts down WebOS devices and related operations.
There were signs that TouchPad sales were bleak, but a complete shutdown of WebOS operations was unexpected, notes C/Net.
According to research firm Canalys, Apple is now the world’s no. 3 PC manufacturer (if you count the iPad), trailing behind mainstays HP and Acer. Apple is more a wireless devices maker than a computer maker, however.
iSuppli, which tracks worldwide PC shipping, reports HP is still king of the hill, but Dell has almost slipped down to number three, behind Acer. Global PC shipments grew a relatively weak 14.2 percent in 2010.
It never took off. Palm and WebOS couldn’t make a dent in the established players; Apple/iOS, Google/Android, Nokia/Microsoft or Blackberry/RIM.
Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker famously predicted a shift to mobile (above) will happen in 2012. Laptops began outselling PCs in 2009, but next year powerful smartphones are expected to outsell desktops and laptops combined.