“Hewlett-Packard now sees Microsoft as a competitor,” Sam Mattera writes for The Motley Fool. “For years, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft had a strong partnership — but evidently, those days are over.”
“The widespread backlash to Windows 8, combined with Microsoft’s decision to release its own, competing hardware, has alienated Hewlett-Packard,” Mattera writes. “And while Microsoft looks to be on the verge of losing one of its longtime partners, Google is gaining one — Hewlett-Packard has eagerly embraced both of Google’s operating systems”
“But more important than the Windows redesign was Microsoft’s decision to start making its own devices,” Mattera writes. “Although HP has to compete against other Android manufacturers, most notably Samsung, it doesn’t have to compete with the company that actually makes the operating system — besides its Nexus devices (which are actually made by other companies) and its overpowered Chromebook Pixel, Google is not a major player in the hardware space… Research firm Gartner predicts that, by 2017, Google’s Android will have effectively replaced Windows. With Microsoft’s former partners switching sides, that prediction seems destined to come true.”
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