HP shocked the world of technology by announcing that it was evaluating strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group, including the option of spinning out its PC division, a move that provides a sure sign of the paradigm shift that is happening in front of our eyes.
The traditional Personal Computer, commonly defined by Microsoft and Intel, is a dying breed with its form factor, software and hardware fundamentals being challenged by the likes of Apple, Google, ARM and others.
And HP wants to exit the game before losing too much money, which is probably why the company even released a 630-word press release to lure potential interested parties using terms like "strategic alternatives" or "other transactions".
At the beginning of the year, Motorola split into two different companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions, and eight months later Motorola Mobility was acquired by Google and it appears as if HP might be adopting the same strategy.
Separating the PC division will be one step towards selling it altogether; of the four biggest remaining PC companies around, Acer, Dell, Apple and Lenovo, the latter seems to be the most obvious candidate given that they've already showed they're not afraid to buy big companies (IBM PC, Medion) or enter into joint ventures (with NEC Computers in January 2011).
Back in March 2011, there was a persistant rumour that HP was going to exit the laptop market with Samsung apparently being the most likely candidate to take over the business, and Bloomberg reports that there have been talks within HP about spinning off its PC business since at least 2004 or just three years after it acquired Compaq.