HP CEO Meg Whitman claims Microsoft and Intel are now the biggest competitors of HP.
Whitman says HP's new goal is to focus on multiple operating systems, multiple architectures and multiple form factors, rather than just being a Windows device maker.
But her tune has changed. Ever since Microsoft starting making its own hardware (the Surface tablet) and recently bought Nokia's devices and services division, HP is shying away from the Windows maker. And Microsoft isn't the only one -- Whitman said Intel is now a partner-gone-competition as well with its cloud computing and computer security solutions for the enterprise.
"HP’s traditional highly profitable markets face significant disruption," said Whitman "Wintel devices are being challenged by ARM-based devices. ... We are seeing profound changes in the competitive landscape. ... Current partners like Intel and Microsoft are turning from partners to outright competitors."
According to Whitman, the new game plan is "multiple operating systems, multiple architectures and multiple form factors," adding that HP is "moving quickly to produce the devices that customers want."