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HP and Microsoft in Open Conflict as They Become 'Outright Competitors'

Hewlett Packard and Microsoft are changing "from partners to outright competitors," says HP CEO Meg Whitman, as the companies shift into the same hardware and service markets.

Her words came in a speech given before financial analysts in San Jose. Microsoft has made a number of recent decisions contrary to HP's own interests, including bailing out competitor Dell in an attempt to push Windows 8 to the business sector. Also central to her reclassification is Microsoft's commitment to Surface, despite previous claims from HP that Surface wasn't a threat to its own Windows 8 tablet. This echoes earlier complaints from other OEM partners such as Acer, whose CEO warned Microsoft to "think twice" before releasing the Surface tablet.

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