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Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010

Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
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In the face of Oracle's acquisition of Sun, HP and Microsoft announced their plans to jointly spend $250 million to strengthen the integration of their hardware and software in a move geared toward the cloud. The two companies teamed up on areas such as virtualization, systems management, and storage. Mark Hurd, then-CEO of HP, countered critics' claims that it was merely a bundle, saying the pact marked a deep level of integration and collaboration. And Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed the company would continue partnering with other vendors, stating both businesses would team up with the others' competitors. Ironically, today, Hurd is at Oracle, taking on HP and Microsoft.


HP, Microsoft In $250 Million Cloud Computing Pact

HP Ditches Windows Home Server

Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard's Hurd Creates Growth Engine In R&D

Global CIO: Five Big Questions For Microsoft

HP Upgrades Thin Clients In Wake Of Windows 7

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