HP has taken a swipe at Apple, claiming the tech giant is "untouchable no more", as it talks up its position in the PC market at its Global Partner Conference (GPC).
At GPC, which kicked off today in Boston, HP's Personal Systems president Ron Coughlin delivered a bullish keynote in which he declared there is a wealth of opportunities for the channel in this area.
"We're optimistic and confident because of the momentum you have created," he told partners. "Last quarter we had unit growth, last year we had constant currency growth, last quarter we outgrew every competitor in the category. Our business has delivered whether conditions have been fair or foul. In the last few quarters they have been foul and we delivered, gaining 1.8 points to 24.5 per cent share - the all-time high share in this business! Stand up please and give everyone a hand! High fives for that! High fives all round. Great work!"
He acknowledged some naysayers who have recently accused HP of not being innovative enough, but insisted that they are wrong. HP split into two last November in a bid to become more focused and able to innovate faster.
"There were people who doubted us and those who said the HP innovation engine has lost its gas," he said. "What do we say to those people?"
"So my final question to you is, is this an innovation engine that is humming? Hell yeah. All right!"
At this point, his slides showed the words ‘hell no' which the thousands of partners gathered at the event shouted out.
"Hell no. That's right. We announced the lightest, thinnest consumer commercial notebook. This is the most beautiful PC in the world. Is that an innovation engine that has lost its gas? I can't hear you!
"We announced the world's thinnest detachable, we announced the world's first curved all-in-one. Is that an innovation engine where the engineers forgot the address of the HP garage? And just in the last few weeks we announced a complete reinvention of the desktop and the truly breakthrough X3. So my final question to you is, is this an innovation engine that is humming? Hell yeah. All right!"
Later on in his energetic keynote, Coughlin singled out Apple as a vendor it is directly competing against in the personal systems space, dishing out some fierce fighting talk.
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