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Palm CEO commends employees following HP takeover

updated 10:15 pm EDT, Wed April 28, 2010

Team reminded to remain "laser focused" on plans

Following the disclosure of HP's plan to acquire Palm, the struggling company's CEO, Jon Rubinstein, commended employees for their hard work and reminded the team to remain focused on existing goals, according to a company-wide e-mail posted on the Wall Street Journal. The CEO framed the move as a "huge step forward" in accelerating Palm's transformation strategy.

"HP is a world-class company which brings the extensive resources necessary to scale the Palm webOS platform," the e-mail reads. "During this process, we must remain laser focused on our priorities - increasing sell through and customer satisfaction, and continuing to work on our innovative product roadmap."

The acquisition is said to have cost HP more than $1 billion in cash. The computer maker labeled webOS a "world-class" mobile platform which it plans to extend to additional devices such as tablets. HP also cited Palm's patent portfolio as a contributing factor.

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  1. Darchmare

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    Congrats to Palm for weathering the storm. I hope HP truly does "double down" and pours all their resources into making WebOS a long-term viable competitor to the iPhone. Healthy competition is a win/win for consumers.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    They received commendation emails...

    right before they receive their pink slips. At least Elevation Partners got themselves a nice bit of change and I'm sure the top executives of Palm made out like bandits. It's just the lowly employees that will likely have to pack up and look for new means of support.

  1. Feathers

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    Hilarious and sad!

    It is sad to see a legendary company such as Palm whose recent faults were poor hardware and poor marketing and whose virtue was great software, being bought by a company with poor software, poor hardware and poor marketing. How can this help? WebOS on an HP tablet that will have bits falling off within months is not good news. Palm were a genius company and like many genius, they never quite found their place in the world. Now they'll be locked up inside the HP Asylum.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    HP is also a lengendary company

    if we are going to describe Palm as legendary lets not forget Hewlett-Packard is even more legendary in the industry.

    While I agree they lost some of their charm after they stopped engineering solutions and just started chasing after Microsoft, I think this acquisition signals they kind of get it, again.

    A Palm based tablet....backed by such a large company, yes, that is fantastic.

  1. hayesk

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    Could have been better

    If Palm didn't waste time and resources on trying to pretend to be an iPod to leach off of iTunes, they may have been able to build a good mobile solution with a good desktop counterpart.

    They failed to understand that iTunes + any device is not what made the iPod or iPhone successful, it's the complete solution.

  1. brainiac

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    Joined: Sep 2003



    Just curious... How would people here rate HPs handling of the acquisition and development of the Voodoo brand?

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