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HP’s Whitman Emphasizes Enterprises, but Says PCs Aren’t Dead Yet Either

meg_whitman_apjHewlett-Packard is holding the European iteration of its Discover event in Barcelona this week and it got under way today.

The big news was the announcement of a new cloud management platform based on the open-source OpenStack operating system that’s meant to help customers bridge the gap between running their own private clouds and operating in the public cloud.

But perhaps the more important news was a tactical declaration by CEO Meg Whitman in an interview with CNBC, which you can see below. In it, Whitman declared that despite a market for personal computers that has never been worse, that business isn’t dead yet.

Additionally, she said HP intends to be more aggressive on price. “If we can have the best solutions at the best price, that’s the intention,” she said.

HP has in recent months been finding itself engaged in a tougher-than-usual pricing battle on the PC front with Lenovo and on the server front with a newly private Dell. It’s a slightly different tone from previous months, when Whitman has said that HP might forgo business in certain cases where it can’t make a sufficient margin or where it “doesn’t make sense.” You can see her remarks in full below.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work