updated 02:25 pm EST, Fri January 9, 2004
HP-Apple changes industry
HP says it will work on between the Apple and Microsoft worlds, following yesterday's HP-Apple agreement, which "points to a major realignment of forces within the computer industry....The agreement - which was completed only after an extensive bargaining session that ran long into Wednesday night between HP's Fiorina and Jobs - represents a significant departure for both companies. For the first time, Mr. Jobs has stepped away from the self-enclosed Apple-only strategy he has pursued since he returned to run the company in 1997," according to the NYT.
While both Dell and Microsoft took opportunities to say the agreement would hurt customers, HP said that it was probably better positioned than any other company: ""Customers want all this to work together and they want a seamless approach. We're very much going to make sure that the Microsoft and Apple worlds work together. That's part of the power we bring to this thing."