HP is probably best known as a computer maker, but according to Bloomberg the company may soon announce plans to split off the PC business as a separate company.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this rumor. In March the folks at DigiTimes reported that HP was thinking about selling its PC division — possibly to Samsung. It’s not entirely clear if the plan right now is to simply separate HP’s PC business from its other offerings, including software, or if HP is eyeing a sale.
Earlier this year Motorola split in half, only to have Google make a $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility this week.
If you’re wondering exactly what HP would do without its PC business, Bloomberg has another rumor for you. The company is reportedly negotiating to buy a company called Autonomy for $10 billion. Autonomy is an enterprise software company based in the UK with some pretty big customers including Coca-Cola and the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
HP is expected to announce its quarterly earnings today and we could learn more at that point.
The company has been trying to push a new software ecosystem focused on webOS with the HP TouchPad tablet an a new line of smartphones running the software. Eventually webOS could also run on desktop computers, internet connected printers, and other devices. But the company’s first webOS tablet doesn’t appear to be selling very well. It’s not clear if that has anything to do with the rumored plans to separate out the PC business.
Update: HP has confirmed that it’s put in an offer for Autonomy, and that the company is considering splitting off its PC division. HP has also announced that it’s discontinuing webOS devices including the HP TouchPad tablet and Pre and Veer smartphones.